The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would engage 14, 000 adhoc staff for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections in Gombe State.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, who disclosed this to newsmen in Gombe, said the ad hoc staff would be deployed to 2,985 polling units and voting points across the state.
“The ad hoc staff include NYSC members, lecturers and students of federal tertiary institutions in the state, ex-corps members, staff of federal ministries, departments and agencies and retired judges,” he said.
Ibrahim said the commission had begun the training of the serving corps members while training of other categories of the ad hoc staff would commence on Jan 23.
He said: “Let me appeal to the traditional rulers and religious leaders to call on their subjects to treat corps members and other election staff posted to their communities fairly. They are patriotic citizens on national duty and should be given every support.”
The REC also advised members of the public to report any breach of electoral guidelines by the personnel to the appropriate quarters, cautioning people not to take laws into their hands.