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INEC to Deploy over 20,000 Personnel for Adamawa

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) plans to deploy over 20,000 personnel including ad-hoc and permanent staff of the commission for the conduct of the forthcoming Adamawa governorship by-election scheduled for October 11, 2014.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in-charge of Adamawa State, Mr. Kassim Gaidam, made the disclosure yesterday in Yola shortly after a stakeholders meeting convened at the commission state office.

Gaidam noted that the commission has only 300 staff, which was inadequate for the exercise hence it has planned to employ the services of ad-hoc staff that will be drawn across the tertiary institutions of the state as well as members of the NYSC.

The REC at the meeting, enjoined all stakeholders, especially politicians to play the game according to the rules of the game, stressing that the task ahead of them was beyond the identification of flashy areas, procurement and distribution of electoral materials, but the cooperation of all the stakeholders and the general public.

He however urged journalists to sensitise the general public to ensure mass participation during the polls, stressing that the major challenge faced during elections is low voters turnout.

Gaidam charged the media to always be objective, while reporting issues regarding the coming elections and to be devoid of sensational reportage that may put the state on fire.

The REC also revealed that the commission had taken drastic measures to curtail conflicts emanating from factions within political parties in the conduct of parties primaries by only accepting a directives from the national headquarters of the parties.

“The decision of every political party that wanted to conduct primaries will direct its request through the National Headquarters, which will in return officially communicate the state INEC about the venue of their primaries for supervision after due diligence was observed,” he said.

Gaidam explained that the large presence of security operatives during Ekiti and Osun States gubernatorial elections was justified as the elections in the two states were conducted without security breach. He said that with the emergency rule in place in Adamawa State, he envisaged tight security to prevent any eventuality during the coming election.

He also noted that the commencement of the distribution of the permanent voters card would commence before the conduct of the election as against the previous arrangement where Adamawa State was considered in the third phase of the exercise.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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