In a bid to uphold the sanctity of democratic processes, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has unveiled plans to dispatch no fewer than 4,000 personnel for the upcoming rerun polls and by-elections across state and federal constituencies in Kaduna State.
Malam Aminu Idris, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Kaduna State, revealed this strategic deployment in an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, laying bare the meticulous preparations underway in Kaduna.
Idris elucidated that the personnel roster would encompass 3,000 individuals sourced from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), in addition to 1,000 dedicated INEC staff members. He underscored the multifaceted roles these personnel would undertake, ranging from presiding officers drawn from the NYSC and institutions like the Kaduna Polytechnic to supervisory capacities within the electoral framework.
“The commission projects to have about a total of 4,000 staff, including about 3,000 ad hoc staff, with categories drawn from members of the NYSC as presiding officers and institutions like the Kaduna Polytechnic, while others would include NYSC and INEC staff,” explained Idris, outlining the rigorous recruitment and training initiatives already in motion.
Furthermore, Idris emphasized the imperative of stringent oversight mechanisms, detailing the collaborative efforts involving stakeholders from diverse agencies such as the EFCC, ICPC, and other pertinent bodies. With a resolute stance against electoral malpractices, he asserted the impartial application of the law, underscoring the accountability of all participants, regardless of institutional affiliations.
“Anyone that contravenes the electoral law in terms of distorting the elections would face the wrath of the law, whether you are an INEC staff member, NYSC member, or even a security agent,” affirmed Idris, accentuating his unwavering commitment to electoral integrity.
Idris implored stakeholders to foster a conducive environment conducive to the smooth conduct of elections, urging vigilance among voters to thwart any attempts at disruption by troublemakers.
INEC has slated Saturday for the execution of supplementary polls across 44 constituencies within the state, marking a critical juncture in the trajectory of democratic engagement in Kaduna.