Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Cross River on Wednesday said it will recruit 15,000 ad-hoc staff for the exercise.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr Frankland Briyai, made the disclosure during a briefing on preparations of the commission for the elections in Calabar, the state capital, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.
According to Briyai: “We are going to recruit 15,000 ad-hoc staff through online application.
“Already, we have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to use their members.
“If they are not enough, we recruit from the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“If we cannot get the required number, we go to the higher institutions in the state, and if we still cannot get the required number, we will go for the ex-corps members.
“We believe that these classes of people will give us the manpower required for the elections. The process is going to be through online application.’’
Briyai stated that those recruited would be subjected to taking oath of allegiance that also included members of staff of INEC.
“This is to ensure that they do all that are required for a credible election in the state. “We are ready for credible, fair and free elections,’’ he said.