The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Mr. Halilu Pai, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission has engaged 7,941 people as ad hoc staff for the June 21 governorship election in the state.
Pai told journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Saturday that most of the ad hoc staff were members of the National Youth Service Corps and students of tertiary institutions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the REC said the commission engaged such a high number of ad hoc staff in order to cater for the 766,132 persons registered as voters in the state.
Pai added out of the 7,941 people engaged as ad hoc staff, 2,195 would work as Presiding Officers, while 5,605 would work as Assistant Presiding Officers.
“Some of the ad hoc staff will be deployed to 177 electoral wards-16 collation centres at the local government headquarters and the rest will stay in Ado-Ekiti,” he stated.
The REC said the money to pay the allowances of those engaged had been credited into the account of the NYSC in Ekiti to avoid delay in payment.
He said each corps member would receive N11,000 made up of N7,000 as honorarium and N4,000 as transport fare. (NAN)