Shortage of adhoc workers prompted FCT election shift- INEC

Vin Oliji, Abuja

Resident Electoral Commissioner for Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Professor Jacob Jatau

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says the postponement of the FCT Council Election from March 19th to April 9th 2016 was for the commission to conduct free fair and credible election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Professor Jacob Jatau, in an interview with VON in Abuja said the postponement of the election was due to some difficulties  in getting the required number of Adhoc workers for the conduct of the elections.

“The NYSC has given us those corps members that are available for the job, we are expecting most of the adhoc staff to come from the NYSC, but by the time they gave us that number, we discovered that it will not be enough,” he said.

Professor Jatua said the commission has approached the authorities of the University of Abuja to get the balance of the required number of adhoc staff and they responded positively.

“We have commenced training of the new adhoc staff which will last for three days and immediately after the training, we will deploy them to the 2000 poling units across the six area councils in FCT with four adhoc  staff to man each of the units,” he explained.

The REC who described the Adhoc staff as one of the primary and key requirement for effective conduct of elections remarked that adequate arrangements have been made to take care of the Adhoc staff that would participate in the elections.

‘‘Money and every other thing needed for the elections are ready, we have deployed all the non-sensitive materials which are already in the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN waiting for the day of the election to be deployed’’ he disclosed.

On security arrangement, Professor Jatua said that adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the elections and the permanent Voters Card have already been distributed to the prospective voters.

‘‘we have been having stakeholders meeting with the security agencies and the politicians regarding the conduct of the elections and they are yielding good results’’ he stated.

Professor Jatau however urged the politicians to continue their campaign for the elections till April 7th.