The Independent National Electoral Commission, says it has insured all its staff and the 20,974 ad hoc staff that will be deployed for the Sept 19 governorship election in Edo, Ondo elections.
INEC said a comprehensive insurance had been put in place for them and those who would serve in the October 10 guber election in Ondo State.
The national commissioner and chairman information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, made this known at the weekend explaining that electoral officers would be insured against death and other election hazards.
The apprehension over incident of violence had prompted the Commission, security agencies, prominent persons and organisations to sue for peace. No fewer than 14 political parties would participate in the election; however, All Progressive Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, continue to accuse each other of planning to foment trouble during the election.
Taking the bull by the horn, and as a proof of its commitment to staff safety, Okoye said the staff members of the commission were already insured but that the ad hoc staff would be insured.
INEC pledge, “All the ad hoc staff engaged by the commission for the purposes of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections will be covered by insurance and it’s a comprehensive insurance covering death, accident and other election hazards. It’s a group insurance that covers every individual given a contract by the commission as ad hoc staff. The staff of the commission are already covered and there is no need to cover them a second time.”