By Jimitota Onoyume
THE Independent National Electoral Commission, has dismissed allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers state that it allowed the All Progressive Congress, APC, to draw up names of adhoc staff from the University of Port Harcourt for the re run elections.
The Rivers state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak who spoke yesterday at the security meeting for political stakeholders convened by the Police in Port Harcourt said it was untrue that INEC allowed the list of adhoc staff to be doctored by any of the political parties.
He said all he did was to write to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Rector Federal College of Education, technical, Omoku and the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Otueke in line with the INEC law to draw up names of their staff to assist INEC as adhoc staff during the elections.
Continuing, the state INEC boss said he further forwarded the list of the adhoc staff drawn up by the federal schools to the national headquarters of INEC for security check.
While stressing that INEC had no hand in the list he said the finale copy of approved names will be sent from the national headquarters of INEC.
“This is the first time we have followed strictly INEC guideline on recruitment of adhoc staff. INEC said we get names from NYSC. It does not say NYSC will give us. It also said we should write to federal universities and federal Colleges of Educations. I wrote to the Vice Chancellors and Rector to give me credible persons for the job.
The VCs sent me lists. The Rector federal college of Education, the one in Otueke also sent their list to us signed by them, in the past we recruited ourselves and you could not hold them responsible for any wrongful acts.
I have not taken any list from any political party. Nobody has applied to be adhoc staff. The list of those to be collation officers have not been returned by Abuja to me,“ he said,