Bayelsa State’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disputed allegations that it substituted trained ad hoc workers with unknown individuals for the governorship election on November 11.
INEC’s response follows an online social media post claiming that the Commission had rejected shortlisted and trained ad hoc staff in favour of unknown individuals.
INEC confirmed in a statement that the claims are unfounded and that people who were successful in the recruitment process were contacted, trained, and camped out at Registration Area Centres (RACS) the night before the election.
“I wish to state here that it is not true that names of trained personnel who applied were substituted with individuals from unknown source as claimed in the statement,” INEC stated.
The Commission added that it has a thorough mechanism in place for recruiting, training, and shortlisting ad hoc people and that it will not jeopardise it.
INEC also warned stakeholders and the general public to remain aware of similar unsubstantiated rumours.
cc: Guardian Ng