INEC relieved to gain more time to train ad hoc staff

By Post Nigeria February 20, 2015 13:17

INEC relieved to gain more time to train ad hoc staff

Following the controversy and confusion trailing the use of Card Readers, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it will use the opportunity offered by the rescheduling of the polls to organise an extensive training programme for its ad hoc staff on the use of the card readers.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, made this known in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.

Post Nigeria reported that the testing of the card readers at the Enugu State House of Assembly failed.

A cross section of Nigerians were of the view that the reader must not be used, but the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega insisted on the use of the card readers saying that it will “add credibility to the electoral process.’’

Mr. Idowu who said the training would last five days, stressed “the arrangement for this has been made and it will commence shortly.’’

He disclosed that the passing-out of the National Youth Service Corps ‘Batch A’ members on Thursday would not affect the ad hoc staff required for the forthcoming elections.

He dismissed the fear from some quarters that some NYSC members who had just disengaged from the scheme but had been recruited and trained for the election would not report for the job.

He said they will come because they voluntarily applied for the job.

“With the voluntary application there is commitment to that. If they are not going to appear on that day they wouldn’t have applied.

“Even though the screening was in consultation with the NYSC Directorate, the application was voluntary,’’ he said.