Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has deployed 24,930 ad-hoc staff, a head of successful conduct of the March 19 rerun elections in River State.
Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at a joint media press briefing with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase on the preparations for the re-run elections stated that the elections will hold in all the 23 local government areas of the state, comprising of 319 Wards and a total of 5, 942 polling units.
He said that the 24,930 ad-hoc staff were drawn from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and students of federal tertiary institutions, including the University of Port Harcourt, Federal College of Education (Technical) Omoku and Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
“The list was forwarded to us here at the headquarters where we conducted due diligence check on all the nominees before they were cleared for election duty, let me assure all Nigerians that INEC will never recruit election duty personnel in a partisan manner,” the INEC chairman explained.
Speaking on the recent spate of killings in the state, IGP Arase emphasised that, “the security framework to be put in place will be civil enough to protect all political actors across political divides. It will also be potent enough to deal firmly, swiftly and professionally with any individual, regardless of his or her political leaning or status who may want to test the will of law enforcement agents by threatening public order, endangering the lives of the electorate, or engaging in any act that is capable of threatening the electoral process”.