Ahead of this Saturday’s local government polls in Kwara State, the state Independent Electoral Commission (KWASEIC) has recruited about 3,000 ad hoc staff that would conduct the polls.
The move, according to KWASEIC, is not only to have a hitch-free election, but to ensure that the polls are free and fair.
Besides, the commission said it had synergised with security agencies in the state to ensure the peaceful conduct of the polls.
The state Chairman of the commission, Dr. Uthman Ajidagba, disclosed this to journalists in Ilorin yesterday, on the level of preparations of the commission for the polls.
According to him, "The commission has also trained the affected ad hoc staff on the rudiment of the electoral processes so as to ensure a hitch free conduct of the election.
"Those recruited by the commission were adjudged as the best performer after they had undergone examinations conducted for them so as to make them adequately fit for the conduct of the polls."
He also stated: "The commission had taken the delivery of all the electoral materials needed for the conduct of the elections."
The KWASIEC chairman explained: "The electoral materials will be made available to the polling units across the state at the appointed time so as to ensure that the voters exercise their voting rights without any hindrance."
Ajidagba stated further that the commission had synergised with the security agencies like police, civil defence, State Security Service (SSS), Immigration among others, to ensure a peaceful poll.
He stressed that the development would allow the voters to come out without being intimidated or harassed and vote for the candidates of their choice during the election.
The chairman also said that the commission had held series of consultations with various stakeholders like the political parties, traditional rulers, youths, women, among others on the need to educate their people to be law abiding and shun any act capable of affecting the smooth conduct of the elections.
He reiterated that the commission was poised to conduct a peaceful and hitch- free local government polls.
He, however, appealed to the people of the state to come out en masse and vote for the candidates of their choice during the election.