The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it would recruit no fewer than 4,052 ad hoc staff for the forthcoming 31st of October bye-elections in Cross River State.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Emmanuel Hart, said this on Monday while addressing stakeholders at the commission’s office in Calabar.
He disclosed that nine political parties would contest the vacant Cross River North senatorial district, while six parties would contest the Obudu state constituency election.
According to him, “About 429,488 registered voters will be eligible to participate in the poll which will take place in 565 units in all five local government areas for the Senatorial elections. The commission is committed to conducting credible elections and the ZPad technology which was deployed for previous elections in Nasawara, Edo and Ondo will be deployed.”
On his part, the Cross River State Police Commissioner, Abdulkadir Jimoh, said the police would provide maximum security cover during the elections.
He assured that three layers of security comprising the military, civil defence and police would be on ground for the elections.
Jimoh added that in line with the Electoral Act and Rules of Engagement, all security officials would be on uniform, wear tags and none would bear arms within the polling centre.