The Independent National Electoral Commission recruited (INEC) has recruited 24,930 adhoc staff, 379 collation officers and 37 returning officers for the Rivers state re-run elections.
INEC will be conducting an election re-run in three senatorial districts, 22 state constituencies and 12 federal constituencies on Saturday, 19th of March, in regards to the tribunal appeal which had nullified the earlier polls.
The Rivers INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Aniedi Ikoiwak said personnel for the elections would be recruited from federal agencies and federal tertiary institutions only.
Voting is expected to take place in 4442 polling units across the 32 local government areas of the state. INEC has carved out about 1000 voting points to ease up the process from polling units with large voting population.
The Rivers State INEC resident electoral commissioner revealed that the distribution of non-sensitive materials have commenced in 315 Registration Area centers.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the sensitive materials were taken to Port Harcourt on Wednesday and would be deployed in local government areas today (Thursday) in the presence of representatives of all political parties and other stakeholders.
The Nigeria Police on the other hand, has sent out not less than 6,000 personnel to Rivers State ahead of the election re-run.
Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, and the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, have made it clear that the personnel who were deployed became very necessary due to the tensed security situation in Rivers State.
According to the IGP, the Nigeria police has identified the areas with high security threats, with also some persons who could disturb the entire electoral process.
Meanwhile,the electoral body has warned that any of its official found wanting would be dismissed. Rivers State has recently been witnessing brutal politically linked killings, including be-headings, in the past few months, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), says its members were targets of the killings which it blamed on the Rivers government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The National Secretariat of the All Progresssives Congress (APC), on Wednesday night said it was deeply worried by the fresh death threats issued by Governor Wike on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Army.
APC’s National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni in a statement said the party also views “Nyesom Wike’s petition to the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), Africa Union (AU) and the governments of about 50 countries demanding global surveillance for the Rivers re-urun election as an affront on the 1999 Constitution (as amended), INEC and Federal Government’s power.”
The APC has called on relevant security agencies to hold Mr. Wike responsible for any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the March 19, 2016 Rivers State re-run elections.