No Pay No Work, Insist INEC Ad Hoc Staff In Some Lagos RACs

 

The Governorship and House of Assembly elections in some parts of Lagos State may be marred as a result of agitation among some INEC ad hoc staff over non-payment of allowances.

From Amuwo Odofin to Ikeja and Ogudu areas of the city, the INEC ad hoc staff were seen in groups, some protesting non-payment of their allowances, while others, especially at the Ogudu area of Kosofe Local Government Area, refused to leave the Registration Area Centre (RAC).

While INEC officials attributed the late movement of the ad hoc staff to their polling units to missing batches of ballot papers, the ad hoc staff said they were not ready to deploy because they had not received the allowances.

The ad hoc staff also demanded that they be compensated for the postponement of the elections by one week. They also expressed displeasure for being kept in the dark over the actual amount of money officially approved to be paid to them.

As at 10am, the elections were yet to commence at polling units at Mile 2 Estate in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area as the INEC ad hoc staff in the area vowed not to go out for the exercise until they received their unpaid stipends.

At a Registration Area Centre  in Anifowose Primary School in Ikeja, the ad-hoc staff, mostly youth corps members, appeared not to be interested in the election duty.

Some of them told our correspondent that some of them noted that apart from the election duty being tedious, they had not received their allowances as earlier promised. They insisted that they would not leave the RAC until their allowances were paid.

After much agitation, however, the INEC officials were seen sharing some money among the electoral workers, after which they were seen leaving the centre with voting materials for their various Polling Units.

In other parts of the state, similar protests by the ad-hoc staff were reported as well, with the workers insisting that they would not work if they were not paid their allowance of N10,000.

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‘We Don’t Take Ad-Hoc Staff For Granted’, INEC Reacts To Criticism Over Corps Members

Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that it doesn’t take ad-hoc staff deployed for the elections for granted.

Chairman of the Commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, said this during a forum with stakeholders on Saturday, while responding to criticisms over the treatment of corps members.

According to him, elections would not be conducted successfully without the help of the ad-hoc staff.

The Commission had come under major criticism on Saturday when images showing the corps members in distressing conditions – cramped together, sleeping out in the open and more, along with harrowing posts of negligence, surfaced online.

The criticism grew, spurning thousands of tweets and a global trend on microblogging platform, Twitter.

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The INEC boss, however, explained that the centres do not belong to the Commission and are only utilised once every four years.

According to him, a lot has been done to improve the conditions of the centres and much more would be done to keep make the staff comfortable.

He said, “We have done a lot to improve the super racks. Remember these are not facilities owned by INEC, they are public facilities used by INEC once every four years for a general election or as the need arises.

“But we have taken steps. We have procured generators for each of the super racks because that is the place where the youth corpers revise the training manuals before they are deployed to the polling units. They also see the opportunity to recharge the smart card readers before deployment.

“In some places, we have an understanding with the NYSC to ensure that mattresses are made available. We have also gone out of our way to provide mats, rubber buckets, water tanks, toiletries, to make the condition comfortable for the ad-hoc staff that we engage.

“Without these ad-hoc staff, INEC cannot successfully conduct elections anywhere in Nigeria and we don’t take that for granted. We will continue to do what we can to provide for their comfort”.

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Corps members seen laying outside at a rack centre for INEC. Source: Twitter

 

As Nigerians react to the postponement of the general elections, some have also called for better treatment of corps members participating in the elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came under major criticism when images showing the corps members in distressing conditions – cramped together, sleeping out in the open and more, along with harrowing posts of negligence, surfaced online.

As the criticism grew, spurning thousands of tweets and a global trend on microblogging platform, Twitter, INEC met with stakeholders for talks about its last-minute decision to postpone the polls.

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At the forum, amid a flurry of criticism by political parties and queries by stakeholders, the issue of the experience of corps members came up.

But the Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, explained that it was customary for INEC ad-hoc staff to stay at rack centres the night before the elections.

According to him, this would enable them to receive all the materials necessary for the exercise the following day.

He further explained that the facilities used across the states, did not belong to the Commission and were only utilised once every four years.

The INEC boss, however, stated that elections would not be conducted successfully without the help of the ad-hoc staff, hence, the Commission does not take them for granted.

While explaining that it has, in some areas, made provisions to make the centres more comfortable, Yakubu said the Commission would continue to do its best to provide comfort for the staff.