The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will deploy 15, 545 staff for the 2019 general elections in Kwara.

Alejandro Montenegro Banco Activo

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Malam Garba Attaihiru-Madami, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday

Attaihiru-Madami said a total of 13, 199 ad hoc staff would be needed for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Feb. 16, with 7, 567 NYSC members to be deployed

He said for the Governorship and House of Assembly elections on March 2, INEC would deploy 15, 545 personnel, made up ad hoc and INEC staff

The REC also said 57 candidates would be contesting for the three Senatorial seats while 83 candidates would vie for the six House of Representatives seats in Kwara

He said there were 2, 859 voting units in the state and 193 Registration Areas

According to the REC, 29 out of the 55 political parties in Kwara signed a peace accord

He said that a total of 1, 406, 457 people were registered for the Permanent Voter Card (PVC), out of which 1, 101, 246 had been collected

The REC said to ensure that the remaining 305, 211 PVCs were collected before the Feb. 8 deadline for collection, he had directed his staff to return to the wards between Friday and Sunday

“As from Monday, Feb. 28, our work schedule is 24 hours until after the elections,” he added

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