ASUU Strike ,Day 45: INEC Alleges 2019 Elections Under Threat

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ASUU Strike ,Day 45: INEC Alleges 2019 Elections Under Threat
INEC Alleges 2019 Elections Under Threat

  • The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the lingering strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) will have serious impact on preparations for the conduct of the 2019 general election.INEC Alleges 2019 Elections Under Threat
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  • Festus Okoye, chairman, information and voter education committee of INEC, made this known at a one-day seminar on media and gender sensitive reporting of elections in Abuja.

    According to Okoye, it is next to impossible for the members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) to provide all the ad-hoc staff needs and requirements of the commission. He said over 70 percent requirement in some states of the federation were drawn from students of federal tertiary institutions. “For the 2019 elections, INEC will recruit and deploy over one million adhoc staff made up of lecturers and students in federal tertiary institutions and corps members,” he said.

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INEC National Chairman, Mahamood Yakubu addressing pressmen on new release of 2019 Election Time Table and Schedule of Activities for 2019 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections while at INEC Office Abuja
INEC Alleges 2019 Elections Under Threat

These category of adhoc staff will serve as returning officers, collation officers, supervisory presiding officers and assistant presiding officers. “The bulk of assistant presiding officers will be drawn from students of institutions, INEC is presently organising root training for corps members and wants to begin that with students.

“So it is important and imperative that they are in school a month before the election for this to happen.” Okoye, therefore, called on ASUU and the federal government to quickly and genuinely resolve the lingering impasse that led to uncertainty in the education sector. He said the resolution of the problems that led to the strike would be in the national interest and Nigeria’s democracy.
INEC Alleges 2019 Elections Under Threat
Adekunle Ogunmola, chairman, outreach and partnership committee of INEC, said the seminar was organised to brainstorm on new ways to use media to promote gender equality in the electoral process.

Ogunmola said the commission understood the indisputable role of the media in setting and resetting the mindset of the electorate to make the 2019 elections more gender sensitive. He said beyond the freedom to vote and adherence to electoral laws, a free and fair election was also about a participatory process where voters were well informed to make right choices.

INEC Alleges 2019 Elections Under Threat

Ogunmola added that the media serve this role through objective and impartial reporting of political events which help to shape public opinion and deepen democracy. He urged the media to plan contents that would support gender in their reportage of the electoral process to ensure inclusiveness.

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