RSIEC Begins Screening Of AdHoc Staff

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Ahead of the scheduled May 23 Local Government elections, the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) has commenced screening of ad-hoc staff that would work during the elections.
On Monday, thousands of applicants were seen at the premises of the state electoral body along Aba Road by Bori Camp, undergoing screening, while some were there to apply for the job.
Sources told The Tide that the applicants had applied for various positions, including, supervisors, presiding officers and assistant presiding officers to conduct the elections in the 22 local government areas of the state.
Speaking to The Tide, the Commissioner in charge of Media and Public Affairs, Ibiso Dakuro, confirmed that the commission was ready for the election on May 23 as scheduled, noting that most of the political parties that have indicated interest to participate in the elections have conducted their primaries, which the commission also witnessed.
Dakuro urged all political parties to abide by the rules as she reiterated the commitment of the electoral body to conduct creditable, free and fair elections in the state.
According to her, “We have gotten assurances from the security agencies, the commitment to ensure that the elections hold in a better atmosphere’’.
Also speaking to The Tide, the state Chairman of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (PDP), Deacon Princewill Enyi, admitted that his party has expressed intention to participate in the election, explaining that the party is bigger than any individual.
Enyi said he was at the RSIEC to inform the commission that the party will hold its primaries on 1st May, if the electoral body will meet its obligations.
According to him, “The elections scheduled are tight and uncomfortable, but we have to go ahead because we seek to entrench democracy in the state”.
He, however, said he cannot assure that the party will file nominations for all the councillorship and chairmanship positions in the 22 local government areas because of the time limit, adding that the party was going to make impact, if the RSIEC will conduct free, fair and credible elections.
The Tide gathered that 27 political parties have collected and submitted expression of interest forms to the commission for participation in the council polls.