THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it would deploy no fewer than 20,000 ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the September 19 governorship poll in in the 2, 627 polling units and 192 wards in Edo State.
Technical Advisor to INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, Bolade Eyinla, the, said this during a virtual meeting with journalists in Edo organised by the International Press Council (IPC) on the role of journalists in Edo election.
Mr. Eyinla said the recruitment of the 20, 000 ad-hoc staff would be done through INEC’s portal which he said had been opened.
He said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state would constitute a larger percentage of the number, adding that the remaining number would be selected from the INEC ad-hoc recruitment portal.
“The youth corps members will constitute the larger percentage because they will be deployed mostly as presiding officers. The online recruitment is essentially to create a data base of election workers toward the conduct of election.
“Also ongoing is the training of all security personnel to be deployed for the election. INEC has also come up with a code of conduct and rules of engagement for the security agencies.
“The code of conduct and rules of engagement will be distributed to all the security personnel deployed for the election to guide them properly.”
Mr Eyinla added that the commission had designed an election policy within the context of the conduct of election in a pandemic.
“We are aware that as at today, Edo has 2,399 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and recorded a total of 100 deaths.
“So with these statistics from the NCDC, INEC has come up with a policy book with strict adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures and guidelines on the election so that everyone including the media can be guided.
“The number of registered voters in Edo remains 2, 210,534, the number of PVCs collected is 1,735,910, while the number of uncollected PVCs is 483,868.
“The uncollected PVCs have been deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safe keeping so that nobody can have access to them.
“INEC is going to be conducting elections in 2, 627 polling units in the 192 wards in Edo,” he said.
Mr Eyinla also explained that 14 political parties had presented candidates for the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
He said 12 of the political parties presented male candidates while two presented female governorship candidates.