The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 10,294 of its staff would be involved in the conduct of the Saturday, December 10, National and State Assembly elections in Rivers State.
A statement released by the commission on Tuesday disclosed that 14 categories of staff will be deployed for the poll.
According to the statement there would be three Returning Officers for the three Senatorial Districts; eight Returning Officers for Federal Constituencies; 10 Returning Officers for Federal Constituencies; 23 Local Government Collation Officers and 221 Registration Area Collation Officers.
Others are 57 Collation Officers (for Collation only at Registration Areas RAs); 231 Supervisory Presiding Officers; 1,840 Presiding Officers; 6,609 Assistant Presiding Officers (I, II and III); 661 Assistant Presiding Officers (VP); 363 Reserve APOs (5%) of APOs; 21 Constituency Supervisors (3 SDs; 8 FCs; 10 SCs); 24 LGA Supervisors; and 223 RA Supervisors.
The elections is going to take place across the three Senatorial Districts; eight Federal constituencies; and 10 State constituencies.
Breakdowns of the 21 constituencies where the elections will take place are, (1.) Rivers East (SD), (2.) Rivers West (SD), (3.) Rivers South East (SD), (4.) Akuku-Toru/Asari Toru (FC), (5.) Degema/Bonny (FC), (6.) Okrika/Ogu-Bolo (FC), (7.) Etche/Omuma (FC), (8.) Ikwere/Emohua (FC), (9.) Khana Gokana (FC), (10.) Eleme/Tai/Oyigbo (FC), (11.) Opobo/Nkoro/Andoni (FC), (12.) Eleme (SC), (13.) Gokana (SC), (14.) Asari-Toru I (SC), (15.) Asari-Toru II (SC), (16.) Andoni (SC), (17.) Khana II (SC), (18.) Etche II (SC), (19.) Ikwere (SC), (20.) Bonny (SC) and (21.) Degema (SC).
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike had alleged that INEC and police have already concluded plans to rig the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), an allegation the commission and police have denied.
It could also be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Abuja on December 1 sacked an APC member of the Rivers State House of Assembly representing Opobo/Nkoro Constituency, Mr. Andrew Miller, on the ground that the election he won, was “massively rigged” in his favour.
The Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel, in an unanimous decision, then nullified the Certificate of Return issued to Miller by INEC and ordered the commission to issue a Certificate of Return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the re-run, Mr. Diri Adonye.
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