By Yemi Adeleye
Lagos, Nov. 23, 2020 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday began training no fewer than 9,000 ad hoc staff for the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe Constituency II bye- elections.
INEC Spokesman, Femi Akinbiyi, told journalists in Lagos that the training was part of its preparations to ensure that the success of rescheduled bye-elections.
He said that the commission was determined to ensure free and credible elections that would be acceptable to all.
Akinbiyi said the ah hoc staff being trained duri g the three-day exercise were Presiding Officers (POs), Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) collation officers and returning officers.
“We have already trained a set of SPOs (Supervisory Presiding Officers ) before the ENDSARS issue came up and truncated planning for the bye-elections earlier scheduled for Oct. 31.
“We have however organised a refresher training for these same SPOs at the weekend,” Akinbiyi said.
He said that other set of electoral officers would be trained towards improving the performance of personnel to be deployed for the elections.
According to him, the three-day training, held across the five Local Government Areas in the state – Lagos East Senatorial District-Somolu, Kosofe, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki and Epe – would be rounded-off on Wednesday.
Akinbiyi said that the commission would be engaging National Youth Service Corps members in the elections.
NAN recalls that INEC on Nov. 12 announced the rescheduling of the earlier postponed National and State Assembly bye-elections in 11 states for Dec. 5.
The electoral body had shifted the bye-elections in Lagos, Bayelsa, Imo and Cross Rivers indefinitely from Oct. 31 because of the violence that greeted the #EndSARS protests in some states.
Candidates of 12 political parties will be contesting in the Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections.
Eight candidates from various political parties will also contest in the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-elections.