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Anambra election: INEC debunks mass resignation of ad hoc workers



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The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has announced that it has sufficient manpower for Anambra governorship polls.

This was disclosed by INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra State, Nwachukwu Orji, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Awka.

Mr. Orji said media reports that hundreds of ad hoc workers recruited for the Anambra election resigned en-masse, is false.

“INEC is still in the process of recruiting the adhoc workers, in fact we just finished the last training before this false report”, he said.

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“As the head of the commission in Anambra, I am telling you authoritatively that we have more than enough manpower for the conduct of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra,” he said.

Orji explained that the ad hoc workers had not yet been given engagement letters.

“If we have not issued letters to them, how then can any of them resign?” he said.

Orji  decried the media for publishing articles that may worsen the tension in the polity or frighten the masses. He also said the ad hoc job is desired by many as an avenue to earn some money, considering the high rate of underemployment in the country.

“Taking INEC jobs during elections has been one means for people who do not have permanent jobs to earn little money. Publishing negative report that will scare them is so bad,” Orji said.

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