No fewer than one million ad-hoc staff are to be deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for 2019 general elections nationwide, the resident electoral commissioner (REC), of the commission in Katsina State, Ibrahim Zarewa, has said.
Speaking during his visit to the Al Qalam University Katsina, he noted that INEC alone cannot handle all the processes of the elections hence the need for the support of critical stakeholders to boost its success.
Zarewa, who expressed confidence that with the commission’s preparations the next year’s polls would be better than the previous general elections in the country, confirmed that the ICT department of the university has been of huge support during elections.
“Now, this collaboration and cooperation will be deepened because elections in Nigeria have become something that requires deep participation and commitment of everyone for us to have very credible, free, fair and transparent results that will stand the test of time so that we can produce good leaders,” he said.
He continued: “We need collaboration with universities and other sister agencies of government in sourcing for people who will man the elections. The involvement of people in universities is giving further credence and credibility to the electoral process.”
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Al Qalam University, Prof. Sheu Garki Ado, assured that the institution would continue to contribute its quota to the successful elections and the development of the country in all its ramifications.
“Any of our staff engaged will be offered approval to participate. Indeed, we are out to provide manpower for the development of the country and at all times, we are willing to support and contribute to the success of whatever will be of benefit to Nigeria and Nigerians.
At the Federal College of Education (FCE) Katsina and Federal University Dutsinma, the REC noted that the institutions had been magnanimous in availing INEC of their facilities for training of ad-hoc staff and releasing their staff for electoral assignments.