Usman Mohammed Zaria
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Jigawa says it will use the election postponement period to organiser refresher training for its ad-hoc staff.
The state resident electoral commissioner, Proffesor Muhammad Bashar stated this when fielding questions from newsmen in Dutse, the state capital.
He said although the decision of the electoral body to postpone the elections has affected its preparations for the conduct of the elections in the state.
According to him, the commission will use the period to retrain ad-hoc staff for better service delivery.
Professor Muhammad Bashar pointed out that, the time frame needed to reconfigure the BVAS is not less than five days, adding that between now and the earlier scheduled elections, the election was postponed.
He further explained that the commission has taken note of challenges it encountered during the last Presidential and National Assembly Elections in the state, hence its decision to retrain ad-hoc staff to correct the mistakes.
The REC added that, the commission has received all materials for the gubernatorial and state assembly elections in the state.
According to him, the materials, including sensitive and non-sensetive, were sorted out and allocated under the supervision of party agents and INEC staff at Central Bank of Nigeria CBN.
He said the materials are in the costudy of the CBN.
The REC further said the commission has so far received 20 petitions and complaints from both political parties and candidates in the state.
He added that it also received applications for the issuance of certified true copy of ballot papers and result sheets.
Professor Bashar however, urged resident of the state to come out and vote in upcoming governorship and state assembly elections.