INEC employs 1,390 ad hoc staff for Kogi East senate re-run

By Sulaiman Achema, Lokoja 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has employed 1,390 ad-hoc staff for the July 23, 2016 rerun election for Kogi East senatorial district. Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Mr. Samuel Usman disclosed this on Monday in Lokoja while briefing newsmen on preparation for the rerun poll. 

He listed the affected local government areas where the re-run will take place to include Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Ibaji and Idah, Igalamela/Odolu, Ofu and Olamaboro. 

Giving a breakdown, Usman said the state constituency re-run election will be conducted in one polling unit (PU 003- Idah) out of 89, while election will be conducted in 79 polling units out of 129, in Ofu LG. 

He said lessons learnt from previous exercises will be used in raising the bar during re-run, just as he called for mass participation in the electoral process, adding that the commission was poised to meeting the global best practices. 

He warned those with no permanent voters cards (PVCs) to stay clear  of the polling centres, saying anybody who has no business with the process should steer clear. 

“Security agencies have collectively vowed to secure the election and would deal decisively with hoodlums who would want to disrupt the process”, he added.

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