INEC trains 1,900 ad-hoc staff for Bwari Council election

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Mrs Idowu Olayemi, an electoral officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in a telephone interview with newsmen on Friday in Abuja, stated that the commission is currently training a total of 1,900 ad-hoc staff, in preparation for election in Bwari Council of the FCT.

She further stated that the exercise was without any challenge, adding that the commission was prepared for the election.

Recalls that INEC had scheduled the election for Feb. 12 in the six area councils of the FCT.

Olayemi, who expressed confidence in the measures so far put in place by the commission, assured that the exercise would go on as planned.

She said: “So far, we are doing good. The training is the last thing we have to do before the election. Once we are done with the training, the next thing is to post the officers to their various units within the council.

“I can assure you that everything will go smoothly, by the grace of God.”

On the number of voter cards so far collected in the council, Olayemi said she did not have the figure off-hand, as she was presently supervising the ongoing training at Kubwa centre.

Newsmen reports that the commission had earlier announced, through a memo, the commencement of training for ad hoc staff for the FCT area council election, holding from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5.

The electoral officer said that the training participants included presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and corps members.

She listed the training venues as Pilot Science Secondary School, Bwari and LEA Primary School, Kubwa II, Kubwa.

A news correspondent, who visited the training centre in Bwari, observed that the exercise was orderly, with participants receiving necessary instructions.

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