2015 Polls: INEC Not Indebted To Ad Hoc Staff –Commissioner

BY LUCKY OYIBO
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State, Elder Abasi Aniedi Ikoiwak, has reiterated that the commission did not owe any ad hoc staff allowances arising from the conduct of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections in the state.
He said the only allowances already being processed in the office of the commission were for those categories of ad hoc staff that were engaged for the rescheduled Senatorial election in Delta Central Senatorial District in the state.
The state REC made the disclosure shortly after about 60 aggrieved Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) led a peaceful protest to the gate of the commission to register their grievances over their alleged non-payment of allowances, a month after the conduct of the 2015 general elections.
Elder Ikoiwak said there was no element of truth that Supervising Presiding Officers (SPOs) and Presiding Officers (P0s) engaged for the conduct of the elections are entitled for accommodation allowances as claimed by them, saying that over 270 SPOs engaged for the exercise had been paid all their entitlement to date.
He said the only categories of ad hoc staff entitled for accommodation are the Collation Officers and returning Officers who would definitely pass two to three nights in the areas of their primary assignments while waiting for the results from the units and wards.
Ikoiwak noted that the accommodations of the SPOs and Pos had already been cared for by the commission through transportations to their areas of primary assignment and quartered at the Registration Area Centres (RACs) a day before the elections and wondered why they are demanding additional allowances from the commission.
The REC, however, urged aggrieved ad hoc staff who feel short-changed to address his or her complaint to INEC corporate headquarters at Abuja, saying the same amount of allowances were paid to ad hoc staff nationwide.
The leader of the protesters, SPO Francis Osamor, who addressed newsmen at the gate of the INEC office, claimed that SPOs are entitled to N30, 000 accommodation allowances of each of the election, alleging some of their colleagues in other states were paid the accommodation allowances.