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INEC trains 300 for polls, cautions ad-hoc officials

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Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

Barely three weeks to the governorship polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday began the training of its ad-hoc officials.

The Resident Commissioner (REC), Sam Olumekun, said 263 supervisory presiding officers would be trained, to in turn train other personnel towards a hitch-free process.

Those undergoing training are expected to supervise the polling units across the 192 wards in the state.

Olumekun, who addressed about 300 shortlisted officials from various tertiary institutions in the state, disclosed that the training was to equip them with the new innovations of the commission.

He added that the innovations would enable them to function effectively and assured the voters of the commission’s readiness to conduct credible polls.

On the card reader, he explained that that the commission has made significant strides from past experience, adding that they may not fail as recorded in previous elections, especially as engineers will be on ground to ensure their efficiency.

The REC said accreditation and voting would be done simultaneously on Election Day, restating that INEC would not take sides in the election.

Explaining the modality of selecting the officials, he said: “We started with 350 staff, we are training 300 now, out of which 253 would be required to work with us. All the officials are from the Federal Government agencies, including the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).”

He added that those trained would be made to take an oath of allegiance and loyalty in the discharge of their duties.


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