The Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Riskuwa Arabi has disclosed that a total of 3,456, ad-hoc staff have been recruited to participate in the forthcoming bye-elections in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the bye-election followed the nullification of elections of Abdulmumini Jibrin and Alhassan Doguwa who represented Kiru/ Bebeji and Tudun Wada/Doguwa federal constituencies respectively.
There will also be a bye-election in two polling Units of Kumbotso Federal Constituency.
Others are 12 Polling Units in four other state constituencies in Bunkure, Madobi, Minjibir and Rogo local government areas.
Briefing journalists during stakeholders meeting ahead of the January 25 bye-elections, Mr Arabi, said the ad-hoc staff were drawn from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Corps Members and students of Bayero University Kano, BUK.
According to him, the ad-hoc staff, comprising Polling Officers and Assistant Polling Officers l, ll and lll has already been trained to participate in the polls.
He, however, stated that the Supervising Polling Officers, SPOs, would be drawn from the staff members of the INEC, adding that the collation officers are going to be appointed by the National headquarters of the commission.
The REC however pointed out following security concerns, no NYSC Corp member would be posted to Bebeji local government area of the state.
Mr Arabi also explained that, “the re-run election will be conducted in 60 registration areas across the affected local government areas with a total of 41,4000 registered voters in 698 polling Units, 166 voting points, given a total 864 voting points.
“With 11 days away from the date of the election INEC has all the none sensitive material in the affected local government areas, as batching of the material has commenced while the commission is expecting the arrival of the sensitive materials from the headquarters adding that all political parties will be inform as soon as CBN received them.”.
He further explained that, “invitation will be sent to representatives of all political parties participating in the re run elections as well as security agencies to witness the distribution of the material.
Mr Arabi assured that the polls would be violent-free across all the affected areas.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani assured of adequate security to ensure the election is free from violence.
All stakeholders present at the meeting gave assured to give maximum cooperation for the commission to achieve credible, free and fair election.