The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced on Thursday, August 13, 2020, that it would deploy not less than 20,000 ad-hoc staff for the Edo governorship elections that will take place on September 19.
In a virtual meeting organised by the International Press Council (IPC) in Edo, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, Technical Advisor to INEC Chairman. Prof Mahmood Yakubu said the deployment of the ad-hoc staff would be completed through INEC’s portal which had been opened.
Eyinla also stated that the commission will assign the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members aiding in the state, and add with the participants that 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 essential to create a database of election workers toward the conduct of the 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 security agencies.” he said.
Additionally, the chairman noted that the commission had created an election strategy that will guide participants to follow the COVID-19 protocols. “We are aware that as 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,” he added.
Eyinla said the commission had already organised necessary materials for the election process, however, sensitive materials would be delivered two days before the elections.