ASUU Strike May Impact Negatively 2019 Polls, INEC Warns
- Buhari tasks police on peaceful elections
Festus Okoye, The chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said INEC is worried that the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and consider it will impact negatively on its preparations for next year’s general elections.
Festus Okoye, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during a one-day seminar on Media and Gender Sensitive Reporting of Elections.
It is near impossible for members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) to provide all the ad-hoc staff requirements of the commission, he said, explaining that the electoral body draws over 70 per cent of the staff need from students of federal tertiary institutions.
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“For the 2019 elections, INEC will recruit and deploy over 1 million ad-hoc staff made up of lecturers and students in federal tertiary institutions and corps members. This category of staff will serve as returning officers, collation officers, supervisory presiding officers and assistant presiding officers. So, it is important and imperative that they are in school a month before the election,” he said.
Okoye urged ASUU and the Federal Government to resolve the deadlock, stressing that a quick settlement would serve the interest of the nation and democracy.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari urged the Nigeria Police to ensure the elections are violence free.
He told cadets at a passing out parade in Kano yesterday: “It is the duty of the police and other security agencies to adequately secure the elections. You must do everything possible to avoid ballot snatching, multiple voting, vote buying and attempt by electoral officers to manipulate the outcome. Election must be conducted in a violence-free environment for it to be adjudged credible and fair in the eyes of local and international observers.”
Similarly, the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse and former Lagos State military administrator, Buba Marwa, warned politicians against promoting violence through the sponsorship of thugs and drugs.
He gave the warning at a meeting with traditional rulers in Kaduna.