From Isaac Ojo Nnewi
Hundreds of the ad – hoc of the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC), stormed the Anambra State office of the commission in Awka on Tuesday, demanding for the payment of their allowances, which has not been effected, two weeks after the Presidential, National assembly, as well as governorship and State Assembly elections were conducted
The protesting workers, who were denied access to the election umpire’s premises by stern looking security agents regretted that over two weeks after the election, only few ad hoc staff were paid, while other where left unpaid by the commission.
A spokesperson for the aggrieved workers, Ikechukwu Mike, said only few of the people employed by INEC as adhoc staffs were paid while many are left empty handed inspite of the harrowing experiences they passed through during the polls.
Mike noted that they have made their complaints known to the desk officer in charge of payment at INEC who asked them to compile their list with correct bank detail but pointed out that nothing positive has come out of it.
“Some of the people you see here worked in distant communities, when we first reported here, we were directed to the local government areas where we worked, but again it became a whole of trouble to the see the ROs we are supposed to see at the local government areas.
“We have spent a lot on transportation, yet it appears INEC is not serious about addressing our situation, many of us are poor that is why we decided to undertake the risky venture of being part of their ad – hoc staff. It’s unthinkable that after taking such huge risk, we would be left alone to our fate.”
The INEC ad – hoc staffs passionately appealed to the authority concerned to help prevail on INEC to pay their entitlements as soon as possible because many of them are borrowing money to transport themselves to INEC office in the state capital.