Tuesday, 20 January 2015

INEC to recruit 8,000 ad hoc staff in Benue

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benue State yesterday said the commission has concluded arrangement to engage a total of 8, 000 ad hoc staff for next month’s general elections.

State Resident Commissioner, Prof.  Istifanus Dafwang, also disclosed that 7000 card readers would be deployed to various polling centres across the state to avoid sharing of extra ballot papers.

He said at the public briefing with stakeholders on the commission’s preparedness towards the 2015 general elections that the work of the card reader is basically to check and ensure that the card is the original property of the commission and that it belongs to the person holding it.
The REC also assured that the commission had begun distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) at the ward level, explaining that those who registered recently would soon start getting their PVCs and that the issuance of the cards would continue till February 7.

“We are working round the clock to ensure that people who recently registered get their PVCs. We will distribute the cards up till 7th February. With this new development, cards that are not yet collected by their owners would be moved to the ward collation centres as against going to the local government centres for ease of collection,” he said.

Dafwang assured that the commission would do its best to give the country a peaceful, credible, free and fair election with the cooperation of all citizens especially in the area of taking charge of polling units in their areas so that nobody jeopardised the efforts of INEC before, during and after the elections.

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