By VINCENT UJUMADU
Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, is worried that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, cashless policy may cause some hiccups during the November 16 governorship election in the state.
Exchanging views with members of the Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, who were on advocacy visit to INEC in Awka, Onukaogu said because of the policy limiting cash withdrawals from banks to N300,000, it would be difficult to handle the ad hoc staff who, he explained, are expected to be paid cash immediately they complete their job for INEC.
“I don’t know how we are going to handle the situation for now because the ad hoc staff expect to collect their money once they complete their assignment for INEC,” the REC said.
He said that training for the staff that would conduct the election will start next week, adding that in view of previous experiences, there would be innovations on the way the INEC staff would operate so as to shield them from the politicians who often found ways of using the ad hoc staff to rig elections.
Onukaogu also said that because of court cases involving the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the commission has not got the final list of candidates for the poll, adding that once the issue is settled, INEC would ensure that nobody who is not a candidate would be allowed to campaign.
The INEC chief warned that only groups cleared by the national headquarters of INEC would be allowed to monitor the election.