The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would recruit 16,139 adhoc staff for the Kogi governorship election holding on November 16.

INEC Federal Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, disclosed this during a sensitisation programme at the Federal College of Education, Okene, yesterday.

He said the adhoc staff will work as polling clerks, presiding officers, assistant presiding officers among others, at the 2,548 polling units in 239 wards spread across the state.

The programme titled: “Youth votes count ” was organised by the commission in partnership with the European Commission for Electoral Support (ECES).

Okoye explained that the commission had created 3,508 voting points for the state’s 1, 646,350 registered voters.

He announced that all non-sensitive materials for the election were already in the state, while the sensitive ones will arrive two weeks to the election.

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The INEC commissioner said the outreach programme was to sensitise staff and students of the institution who were going to be among the adhoc staff to be recruited.

He explained that all the adhoc staff would be trained, to enable them handle the assignment effectively.

“Your training is not transferable, If you cannot meet up, step out, it is an individual thing, we want to do things in a seamless manner,” he said.

Okoye charged the students to resist being used as thugs before, during and after the elction.

INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi , advised the students against being used as political thugs.

The Provost of the College, Dr. Umar Hassan, thanked INEC for organising the sensitisation programme and promised that the staff and students that will work as adhoc staff will give good account of themselves.