INEC’s Ad-Hoc staff last night said they were forced to sleep on bare concrete floor without access to food, drink and power on eve of the Presidential elections in Abuja.
Pictures obtained by Per Second News shows members of staff, most from the NYSC curled up and lying on bare floors, some slept on plastic chairs, some using their clothes as pillows. One man can be seen covering his face with his arm.
Some lucky ones got mats, dozens slept on chairs, while others slept on sandy grounds.
Ad-hoc staff deployed to Kuduru in Bwari, revealed they were promised mattresses to lay on bare floor but it never came, ” we were forced to sleep like that inside the Government Day Secondary School overnight, with no wash room, said one of the workers.
” If the elections were not extended how do you think we can perform well the next day after going through a tumultuous night like this? asked a staff member, I have lost the mental capacity to function, she said.
The commission rescheduled the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday, February 23, 2019 while the governorship, State Houses of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory Area Council polls earlier fixed for March 2 would now be conducted on Saturday, March 9 2019.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakub, in October 2017, told the Senate Committee on INEC, that the commission would recruit about one million ad hoc members of staff for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
After more than three years the umpire seems to be sorely unprepared for the elections