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INEC deployed over 1M ad hoc election staff for 2023 general elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said over one million ad hoc election staff were deployed for the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

INEC-National-Collation-Centre Credit: INEC/Twitter
INEC-National-Collation-Centre Credit: INEC/Twitter

Abuja, Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said over one million ad hoc election staff were deployed for the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

INEC stated this in the report of the 2023 general elections released on Friday by the commission.

According to the commission, the report was in line with its tradition and commitment to transparency displayed in the last four electoral cycles.

“This comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes and 10 graphs, offers an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, alongside valuable lessons learned.

“The Report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress. This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies and nine in State legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria,” the electoral umpire stated.

It added that the report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud. Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.

Checks on the report by DailyAgent showed that the commission said it deployed 1,131,814 ad hoc election staff as polling unit (PU) officials across the 36 States of the country.

Lagos State had the highest with 85,280 to 13,325 polling units followed by Kano with 71,821 to 11,222 polling units, Kaduna with 51,277 to 8,012 polling units and Rivers with 43,942 to 6,866 polling units.

Others include Katsina with 42,573 to 6,652, Oyo with 40,896 to 6,390, Delta with 37,523 to 5,863 polling units and Anambra with 36,608 to 5,720 polling units.

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