The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo has said that a total of 10, 672 ad hoc staff would be engaged for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
Dr Onucheyo made this known on Tuesday at a meeting with members of Inter Agency Committee on Voter Education and Publicity.
He said INEC was ready and prepared to conduct the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.
The REC said the ad hoc staffs were made up of Corps members, ex Corps members and University of Ilorin students.
He said the 215 Collation and Returning Officers drawn from the academic environment who would be used during the elections have been adequately briefed and sensitized.
The Commissioner said the only local government where there was a challenge of ad hoc staff was Pategi, adding it has been resolved by recruiting University of Ilorin for the local government.
He said the students would be taken to Pategi on Thursday and would be brought back to Ilorin on Saturday after the election.
Onucheyo said over 87 percent of non-sensitive materials have been received and distributed to the 16 local government areas while the sensitive materials were lodged at the CBN vault.
He said six Electoral Officers who were indigenes of Kwara have been moved to other states while six were also sent to Kwara for the elections.
The REC said out of the 3, 091 Card Readers received from INEC headquarters in Abuja, 2, 512 would be used during the elections leaving 571 as contingency.
Dr Onucheyo said 892, 198 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) have so far been distributed of 1, 171, 975 PVC received representing 76 percent.
He added that out of the 1, 179, 658 registered voters in the state, 7, 683 PVCs were not received.
The REC added that all logistics arrangement in terms of vehicles were in place, adding that officials of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have agreed to provide bulk of the vehicles.