Ad-hoc staff engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the just concluded general elections yesterday stormed the commission’s headquarters in Calabar, Cross River State capital, demanding for the payment of their allowances.
Most of them served as supervisors and polling officers during the just concluded elections in the state.
One of the protesters, Mr. Ugim Ugim said efforts made by the ad-hoc staff to get their stipends yielded no results.
Mr. Ngim disclosed that INEC officials in the state initially complained about errors in their account details, noting “this has since been corrected, yet we have still not been paid.”
The protest almost turned bloody as some overzealous policemen at the INEC headquarters in Calabar fired several shots to scare the protesters.
But the protesters dared the policemen and refused to leave the commission’s premises.
An aggrieved ad-hoc staff, Mr. Pascal Odey described the action of the policemen as unfortunate.
According to him, “we carried out our demonstration peacefully, unfortunately a policeman started shooting and we are not happy about that.”
Mr. Odey noted that “security men should be educated on how to handle situations like this. This man was uncivil and had to use weapons on us.”
The commissions’ Head of Operations, Mr. Chris Okereke said the delay in paying the ad-hoc staff was caused by the wrong account details they provided the commission.
Mr. Okereke disclosed that “some of them gave wrong account numbers; others gave names different from what is in the accounts. And you know the banking system, once the names do not tally, they will not pay.”
He appealed to them to exercise patience while the discrepancies are being sorted out, adding that as soon as the corrections are effected, they could go to the bank and get their money.
Meanwhile, the commission had on Wednesday issued Certificates of Return to winners of State House of Assembly elections.

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