By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
As Ondo state gubernatorial election draws closer, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has employed 17,000 Adhoc staff to work for the commission in the October 10 poll.
The INEC Chairman on information and voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq, made this known on Wednesday during a workshop for journalists on the 2020 Ondo gubernatorial election tagged: “Election Process /Procedures”.
Okoye disclosed that 15,000 of the Adhoc staff would be Corps members, while the remaining 2000 would-be students from Federal Higher Institutions across the country except from Ondo state.
Okoye said the commission with a public trust, would make every necessary information available to the journalists relating to the election.
In his address, the Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ), Adetona Aderoboye urged the election umpire to engage more in public sensitization and mobilization of members of the public through media.
Speaking at the workshop, the Director of voters’ education, Nick Dazang urged the journalists to be guided in their dealings, most especially during election coverage.
He said further that the importance of journalists cannot in the election coverage cannot be over-emphasized, therefore, that professionalism should be employed and adopted.