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Off-season polls: INEC deploys 46,084 staff to three states

INEC logo and INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu

INEC chairman - Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission is set to deploy 46,084 regular and ad hoc staff for the supplementary governorship election in November in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi states.


Tribune reported that the Chairman of the electoral body, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known in his remarks at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners held at the INEC Conference Room, Abuja, on Friday.


According to him, the three elections will involve 5,409,438 registered voters who will vote in 10,510 polling units spread across 649 electoral Wards in 56 Local Government Areas.


He added that so far, all non-sensitive materials for the election have been delivered to the three States.


While noting that other preparatory activities, including training, are on course, Yakubu said that valuable lessons have been learnt from the 2023 General Election for improved performance in the forthcoming elections.


He also said that INEC has accredited 126 national and international organisations, collectively deploying 11,000 observers for the election, three weeks away.


“Although the portal for media accreditation closes on Tuesday, 24th October 2023, we have received applications from 80 media organisations seeking to deploy 1,203 personnel made up of journalists and technical/support staff to report on the elections.


“The 18 political parties participating in the elections are deploying 137,934 agents made up of 130,093 polling and 7,841 collation agents. We are also finalizing arrangements for vehicles and boats for land and maritime movement of personnel and materials,” the INEC Chair said.


Yakubu restated that the Commission is concerned about the prevailing insecurity and election-related violence in the three states.


“We have been reassured of adequate deployment by the security agencies. On our part, we will continue to deepen our engagement with the security agencies and more meetings are planned in the next few days.


“Similarly, the Commission will hold a series of meetings with stakeholders at the national level in addition to ongoing engagements at State level,” he added.

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