The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the circulation of letters of employment.
The commission, in a terse statement posted on its verified Twitter page on Saturday, warned Nigerians to be careful, adding that it was currently not conducting any recruitment exercise.
The statement read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to the circulation of purported letters of employment/appointment.”
The commission described the letters making the rounds as a scam and advised affected members of the public to report to security agencies.
“Members of the public are hereby advised/warned that the commission suspended its recruitment programme in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, INEC has announced that elections in Edo and Ondo States would still take place despite the coronavirus pandemic.
In the wake of lifestyle changes occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said it would be using more technological tools in discharging its mandate, disclosing of its resolve to pioneer electronic voting in the country by 2021.
This was as the electoral umpire decried the rising cost of elections in the country, saying it would be liaising with the National Assembly to see how political parties can nominate replacements for d**d representatives in line with a Supreme Court judgment that votes belong to the parties and not individuals.
INEC disclosed this in a 17-page document released Monday in Abuja which was tagged, “Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic”, and signed by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. The commission also added that voters without face masks would be disallowed from voting in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.
While the ruling All Progressives Congress APC said it would study the policy to come up with an appropriate reaction, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, Chief Mike Ahamba said while the policy on bye-elections could reduce costs, it could, however, assume a dangerous dimension if not well handled.
A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah however kicked against it, saying the electorate vote for individuals and not just parties, adding that the development could create vagabonds in power.