Lagos INEC Denies Delisting Igbo as Adhoc Staff for the Governorship Polls

Lagos INEC Denies Delisting Igbo as Adhoc Staff for the Governorship Polls

The Lagos State Independent National Electoral Commission has refuted claims that it has removed Adhoc staff of Igbo extractions from the list of officials for the March 18th governorship and the house of assembly elections. There have been several allegations on social media that the INEC has removed the names of Adhoc staff from the

The Lagos State Independent National Electoral Commission has refuted claims that it has removed Adhoc staff of Igbo extractions from the list of officials for the March 18th governorship and the house of assembly elections.

There have been several allegations on social media that the INEC has removed the names of Adhoc staff from the south-eastern and south-southern parts of Nigeria from performing sensitive duties on election day.

The commission in a statement signed by the INEC Lagos state Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Mrs Tadese Adenike on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje stated that the false information was spread across social media to impugn the integrity of the umpire in the state.

In further reaction to the allegation, the electoral commission in Lagos state added that such insinuation was erroneous, stating that it only reduced the 738 Adhoc staff who conducted the presidential and national assembly elections to 427 for the gubernatorial and state house of assembly.

The reduction in staff capacity was necessary, according to the statement, because the governorship elections will not require as many Adhoc staff, given that there are only two elections on Saturday, as opposed to three polls held on February 25th general elections.

Mrs Tadeshe however noted that all returning officers who are Igbos and from the south- south region of the country will return to their jobs for the conduct of the elections.

“The statement partly reads “INEC Lagos state read with great concern on the social media in respect of the removal of all Igbos and south-south staff in Lagos state from participating as ad-hoc staff in the state during the forthcoming governorship/house of assembly election on 18th march, 2023.

“It has become imperative to correct the erroneous accusations in some quarters and put the record straight that the ad-hoc staff..(collation. officers) engaged during the presidential/national assembly election on 25th February 2023 in Lagos state were 738 in number bearing in mind that three elections were held.

“The forthcoming governorship election will only require the services of 427 collation officers because of the two elections involved.

“It is pertinent to state unequivocally that members of staff that are Igbos were all returned to work as collation officers in the forthcoming governorship/hoa election scheduled for 18th march, 2023 while the SPOS maintained their positions.

The statement also indicated the state commission and the REC are committed to performing their job with integrity and dedication, adding that it is ready to deliver their job without ethnic sentiment and political affiliation.

“The public should shun fake news, misinformation and disinformation and allow INEC in Lagos state to focus on the forthcoming election in order to achieve the desired result.

“The commission will continue to uphold the fundamental principles of equity, fairness, transparency, credibility and accountability in line with the vision and mission to be a pre-eminent leader in deepening electoral democracy as an unbiased election management body”.

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