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INEC to honour staff for swimming rivers to conduct election


INEC chairman Prof Mahmoud Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC will honour its official who swam two rivers and streams to deliver election materials to Polling Unit in the last Bauchi South senatorial election.

The staff whose details were not disclosed was said to have last Saturday swam across two rivers and walked across a stream to get to the polling unit and prepared it for elections before 8 am.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu revealed this on Thursday night in Abuja at the commission’s Maiden Merit Award for its staff.


“The extent to which some of our staff go to ensure that Polling Units open at 8am and elections are conducted is simply amazing. In one of the elections we conducted recently, in one of the local government areas, I think in Bauchi South Senatorial District, one of our staff swam across two rivers and walked across a stream in order to get to our polling unit,” Yakubu said.

“Our staff are among the most dedicated in the public service in Nigeria. I have no doubt about this. Where necessary, the commission has condemned staff who ran foul of her processes and procedures but condemnation of staff makes no sense outside the context of commendation,” he added.

The INEC chairman, therefore, asked the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to send details of the staff and write a letter of commendation to him.

He further stated that such staff will qualify for the awards next time but for this time, that person deserves a letter of commendation from the commission.

Yakubu reinforced the dedication of the commission’s staff and declared they will be celebrated at every opportunity.

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