The Independent National Electoral Commission has denied recruiting members of the All Progressives Congress as ad hoc staff for the September 10governorship election in Edo State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, stated this on Saturday in Benin, the state capital, in reacting to an allegation by the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party that the commission was colluding with the APC to compromise the outcome of the election.
The party had in a statement reportedly signed by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, claimed that it had a video evidence of the alleged plan to rig the election and also vowed to resist any attempt to sabotage the exercise.
It said “There is a video evidence exposing INEC officials in Edo State of compromising the outcome of the governorship election before the scheduledSaturday, September 10, 2016 poll.
“We wish to assure INEC and the APC of our cooperation for a successful election but we will not accept an election that is already compromised before the actual poll,” he added.
But Olumekun, who described the claim as “ridiculous,” told our correspondent on the telephone that the appropriate guideline was followed in the recruitment of ad hoc staff.
He said, “We have recruited those who we call SPOs (Supervisory Presiding Officers). They are in charge of issuing materials to a certain number of polling units.
“The categories of people we recruit for this exercise are federal officials and, in this particular instance, we are using INEC staff – officers between grade level 12 and 14. We are using officers from federal institutions, National Youth Service Corps, not corps members, and the National Population Commission.”
Culled from THE NEWSPAPER