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Imo Guber: INEC Cries Out Over Shortfall Of Ad-hoc Staff

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu who is the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has expressed  deep concern over poor response to the Commission’s request for ad-hoc staff for Imo state governorship elections.

He made the disclosure on Monday in his speech at a two-day workshop for journalists covering the Commission held in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

The off-season elections are slated to hold next month in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo States.

Represented by INEC National Commissioner for Voters Education and Publicity, Sam Olumekun, the INEC Chairman who said Bayelsa and Kogi have full complement of their requirement for all categories of Ad-hoc staff, declared that Imo has a shortfall of 6,154.

He said: “The summary of successful applicants shows that Bayelsa and Kogi have full complement of their requirements for all categories of Ad-hoc staff, while Imo has a shortfall of 6,154. The shortfall will be sourced from the neighbouring state.”

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The INEC Chairman advised candidates to refrain from incendiary remarks which could instigate violence. He also pleaded with the media to give equal visibility to all political parties.

“We urge political parties participating in the off-cycle governorship elections to critically study and pay attention to the provisions of the Constitution , the Electoral Act, the Police Act, and the Public Order Act for the proper and peaceful conduct of political campaigns, rallies, and processions. A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal, or sectional feelings. Abusive, intemperate, slanderous, or base language or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reactions or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns. Let me also remind the media of their constitutional obligations. State apparatus including the media shall not be employed to the advantage or disadvantage of any political party or candidate at any election. In other words, equal coverage and visibility shall be allotted to all political parties by all public print and electronic media organisations. The same applies in equal measure to privately owned media organizations subject to payment of appropriate fees.”

The INEC Chairman restated his Commission’s resolve to upload results of the elections from the Polling Units to the INEC Results Viewing Portal, ( IReV).

“For the three governorship elections scheduled for 11th November, the Commission will deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) to authenticate the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and upload polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IREV) seamlessly on election day.”

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