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INEC to Engage 17,000 Staff in Ondo Guber Poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday revealed that 17,000 staff would be engaged by the commission for the forthcoming October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr Festus Okoye, disclosed this while declaring open a worship for journalists on ‘Election Processes and Procedures’ held in Akure, Ondo State.

More than 50 journalists from the print and electronic media and online media organisations participated in the workshop.

Okoye said of the figure, 15,000 are impromptu staff comprised of individuals from the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) and students of federal tertiary institutions, supervising presiding officers and collation and returning officers

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As per the INEC commissioner, supervising presiding officers would be made up of staff of federal tertiary institutions in the state, while assemblage and returning officials would likewise include senior staff of federal tertiary institutions

Nonetheless, Okoye said the grouping officials and returning officials would be drawn from government tertiary establishments outside the state.

The commissioner said the commission was prepared to conduct the election in line with COVID-19 protocols.

Specifically, he said the commission would work with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He said INEC would provide basic personal protective equipment including mask, sanitisers, infrared thermometers and disinfectants at polling units for its staff.

Okoye disclosed that the commission would enforce strict provision of the COVID-19 protocols as it would not allow any voter, who failed to wear mask to go near the polling units.

The commissioner advised journalists to also observe the protocols while carrying out their assignments during the election.

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