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Kogi SIEC needs 10 192 staff for polls

20 March 2013, 09:14

Lokoja -  The Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) says it will need 10 192 workers to effectively conduct the May 4 elections in the 21 Local Governments.

The Chairman of the commission, Mr Abraham Olaniran, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Tuesday.

Olaniran, who said that elections would be conducted in the 239 wards and 2 548 polling units in the state, explained that ``a minimum of four officers will be required to man each polling unit’’.

He said the commission was in the process of recruiting no fewer than 2,000 ad hoc staff.

He said that each polling unit would be manned by a Presiding Officer, Collating Officer, Polling Clerk and polling guard aside security agents that would be deployed to secure the unit.

The chairman said that a train-the-trainers workshop was being organised for Electoral Officers and their assistants from the 21 council areas.

He said that after the workshop the officers would train the ad hoc staff recruited by the commission.

The chairman said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released a soft copy of the updated Voters' Register to the commission.

He said that hard copies of the register were being printed for use in the council polls.

Olaniran said that security and other arrangements had been concluded for local and foreign observers as well as non-governmental organisations that would monitor the election.

He said that security agencies in the state had given assurances of their preparedness to provide coverage and ensure security of lives and property before, during and after the election.

The chairman assured that the commission was adequately prepared for smooth conduct of the election.

On the release of funds for the exercise, Olaniran said that funds would be released in stages.

``Government is releasing money as we go and that is why we are moving from one stage to another. Funds are made available as we go," he said.

Olaniran appealed to the political parties and politicians not to heat up the polity but to assist the commission to ensure a free and fair election devoid of acrimony, rancour and violence.



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