The Independent National Electoral Commission has told the National Council of State that it has concluded the identification and recruitment of 814,453 ad hoc staff for the forthcoming general elections.
According to the commission, arrangement for the timely receipt and speedy distribution of sensitive materials had also been made.
INEC also expressed its commitment to the provision of a level-playing field to its “numerous publics and a qualitative, seamless and ‘hassle-free’ electoral services for the electorate in all our actions and operations.”
The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, stated this in his presentation to the National Council of State at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja on Tuesday. The presentation slide was given to journalists on Wednesday.
Yakubu said, “The 2015 general election was a watershed in the history of our democracy. INEC is fully aware of the enormity of conducting the 2019 general elections and will spare no effort at safeguarding the integrity and credibility of our elections and the consolidation of our democracy.
“The identifications and recruitment of 814,453 ad hoc staff for the election is concluded and training will commence on January 23 (Wednesday).
“The 2019 general elections will be the largest single-day peacetime logistics and security undertaken by the commission since 1999 with 84 million voters, 91 political parties, 23, 213 candidates vying for 1,558 positions, involving over 814,000 electoral officials.
“The conduct and delivery of credible elections by safeguarding and defending the transparency and integrity of the electoral process is a sacred duty that the commission will discharge honourably within constitutional and legal framework in order to nurture, sustain and continuously deepen democracy in our country.”
The commission recalled that the Continuous Voter Registration was undertaken between April 27, 2017 and August 31, 2018 in its 774 Local Government Area Offices and designated centres nationwide on continuous basis as prescribed by law.
“At the end of the exercise and following laid down procedures, the commission verified and confirmed 14,283,734 new registrants. The total number of registered voters for the 2019 general elections is 84,004,084.”
[BREAKING] COVID-19: Nigeria records another eight new cases, toll now 97
The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria hit 97 on Saturday evening with eight fresh cases, says the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
“As at 10:40 pm 28th March there are 97 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death,” it stated.
COVID-19: Please, pray for my husband, El-Rufai’s wife begs Nigerians
Hadiza Isma, the wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has appealed to Nigerians to offer prayers for the quick recovery of her husband who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
She made the appeal a few minutes after her husband disclosed that he tested positive for the virus on Twitter.
THE WITNESS reports that El-Rufai had on Saturday announced that he had been infected with the virus but had no symptoms.
“Dear Tweeps, my husband, the Governor of Kaduna State has tested positive for COVID-19. Please keep us in your prayers,” she tweeted.
BREAKING: El-Rufai tests positive for coronavirus
The governor, in a live broadcast said he submitted a sample for the COVID-19 test and the result came in positive.
He stated he has been in isolation according to doctors’ order.
He said: “Earlier this week, I submited a sample for the COVID-19 test and the result came in this evening and I regret to say that it is positive.
“According to the protocols for managing COVID-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms.
“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.
“It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.
“The Deputy Governor is chairing our COVID Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time,” he said
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