The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday denied a report that it is recruiting ad-hoc staff from Lagos State ahead of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
The report, which was credited to the State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abayomi Adesanya, alleged that the commission was doing this to favour the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Olusola Oke.
But a statement by INEC’s Head of Department Voters Registration and Publicity Olabimpe Awoniyi said there was no time the commission recruited its ad-hoc staff from outside the state.
INEC noted that it has just scheduled its training of supervisory presiding officers for Friday and Sunday. Presiding officers and their assistants will be trained between November 18 and 20.
The commission urged parties, their candidates, the public and particularly the press to verify their facts before publicising them.
Also, INEC said the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) expected from the Continuous Voters Registration (CRV) earlier conducted in 2015 and 2016 are now available for collection.
It added that the distribution would start on Friday and end next Tuesday.
“Registrants in six units of Use/Emure registration area in Owo Local Government Area; four units of Agbabu registration area in Odigbo Local Government Area; and units of Idoani II registration area in Ose Local Government Area will collect their cards at their various polling centres.
“They should note that only three days, that is Friday to Sunday, are allotted for the collection of the cards at the polling centre after which the commission will revert to the registration areas for the last two days of distribution.”