Edo Sate News – Few of INEC Ad-HOC staff recruited by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the 2015 general elections, yesterday, took to the streets of Benin, Edo State, protesting alleged short-payment of their allowances by the commission.
The protesters, who were at the premises of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, said they were engaged by INEC as Collation Officers, Returning Officers and Supervisory Presiding Officers and decried an alleged plan by the commission to pay them N35,000 as against the N65,000, which they said was obtainable in other states.
One of the protester by name Edegbe Uyi said: “INEC needs to explain why it refused to credit our accounts as stipulated by law, why there are discrepancies between the amount we received as collation officers in Edo compared to those of other states.”
However, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, in a reaction, said that there was no contention about the payment of ad-hoc, as the commission already had a general guideline on the remuneration of ad hoc personnel, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent.
Igini explained that the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin received the highest payment of N200,000, as the Presidential Returning Officer.
The document also showed that both the SPO’s and CO’s were to receive the sum of N3 5,000 each.
“The issue about payment is very clear. We have what we call the general guidelines on the payment of electoral officials and security personnel.
“So, anybody who is saying something different from what we have as our approved rate must have to find out where they are getting the extra from.”