INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) will engage 3,000 ad-hoc staff to execute Imo North senatorial bye-election, scheduled for October 31, 2020.
Similarly, only 14 candidates of registered political parties are primed to vie for the zonal bye-election.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo State, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, disclosed this yesterday during a stakeholders’ interactive meeting in Okigwe.
According to him, election results would be transmitted to INEC’s Election Results Viewing Portal, as they come in.
“Only 14 candidates have been presented by their parties, for this election. INEC is going to engage no fewer than 3,000 Ad-hoc workers for this election. Results would be uploaded on the Commission’s Election Results Viewing Portal, as they are announced. With this development, election results will no longer develop wings between the polling booths and collation centres. Security personnel have been empowered to deal ruthlessly with anybody who wants to disrupt the election,” he said.
Ezeonu also stated that the nation’s electoral process is maturing and “INEC mapped out the whole area and we know the networks that are active in the respective polling units.”
While announcing two functional WhatsApp lines that would receive complaints from aggrieved persons, Ezeonu warned that no results would be announced from any area with a proven adverse report.
Also speaking, Okigwe Area Commander of Nigeria Police, Ahmed Ibrahim Kamba, who represented the Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, said that Police are ready for the poll.
“Politicians should see the bye-election as a civil contest and not a war front. The police will not look kindly on anybody or group of persons that will inject any criminal intent into the process,” Kamba warned.