“No money, no election” INEC ad-hoc staff insist, promise to boycott polls

By Post Nigeria April 10, 2015 19:44

“No money, no election” INEC ad-hoc staff insist, promise to boycott polls

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members, students and ex-Corps members that served as ad-hoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the March 28 presidential elections in Lagos have threatened to boycott tomorrow’s elections due to non-payment of allowances.

According to reports available to Post Nigeria, the ad-hoc staff have defiantly stated “no payment no election tomorrow”.

Our correspondents investigated the deadlock and revealed that the lack of payment is not peculiar to Lagos as other ad-hoc staff around the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, who have concluded their work, are yet to be paid.

Most ad-hoc staff said prior to the elections, they had heard reports that the amount to be paid was N35,000, but INEC and NYSC debunked the claims, saying that N13, 000 would be paid for each day’s work.

Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary of INEC, came out to debunk the N35,000 figure and said that a total of N26,000 would be paid for both elections, and would be remitted into ad-hoc staff accounts prior to the Governorship and State Assembly elections.

It is the eve of the elections, and several students, ex-Corps members and even serving Corps members are furious that they are yet to receive any bank alerts from INEC.

What appears to be a reasonable number of the ad hoc staff, are furious and have threatened to stay away from the elections tomorrow.

Beyond the unpaid allowances, the ad hoc staff complain that the absence of welfare packages and sketchy security, were the other reasons why they would boycott the elections.

Post Nigeria spoke to some of the aggrieved corp members who narrated that they had to sleep on bare floors, with no provision for feeding, despite being assured of such.

Reports from Delta say that a sizeable number all ad-hoc staff have concluded that they will not participate in tomorrow’s election, saying that the State was prone to violence and judging from the security arrangements made for the March 28th polls which the All Progressives Congress candidate won, they do not trust INEC to protect their lives.

Being unable to reach INEC for a comment, it is unclear what contingency plans the commission has in place if what appears to be a large number of their ad-hoc staff boycott the elections tomorrow.