INEC ad hoc staff protest over unpaid allowances

INEC ad hoc staff protest over unpaid allowances

Hundreds of ad hoc staff engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the just- concluded general elections in Anambra state on Tuesday protested non-payment of allowances weeks after the polls. The protesters, who stormed the commission’s office in Awka to demand for their entitlements and allowances, were however denied access to the premises

Hundreds of ad hoc staff engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the just- concluded general elections in Anambra state on Tuesday protested non-payment of allowances weeks after the polls.
The protesters, who stormed the commission’s office in Awka to demand for their entitlements and allowances, were however denied access to the premises by security operatives.
Spokesperson for the protesters, Ikechukwu Mike, said they had complained to the officer in charge of payment in the commission all to no avail.
He said the officer rather requested they compiled their names with correct bank details.
He however regretted that they were yet to receive the payment despite compliance with the directives.
According to him: “Only few of us were paid while many are left empty handed inspite of the harrowing experiences we passed through during the polls.
“Some of the people you see here worked in distant communities to Awka. Some borrowed money to transport themselves here.
“When we first reported here, we were directed to the local government areas where we worked, but it became difficult to see the ROs we are supposed to see there.
“Many of us decided to undertake the risky venture of being part of the exercise because of financial challenges facing us.
“It’s unthinkable that after taking such huge risks, we would be left alone to our fate. And it appears INEC is not serious about addressing our plight.”
They appealed to the concerned authorities to prevail on the electoral umpire to pay their entitlements as soon as possible.
Reacting, the INEC Head, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Leo Nkedife, asked the protesters to exercise patience with the commission, assuring them of payment soon.
He said: “Their voucher for payment is being processed. They will soon receive their allowances. ”

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