INEC warns that prolonged ASUU strike may affect conduct of 2019 polls

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that the delay in ending the ongoing strike by lecturers in federal universities, will affect the conduct of the 2019 polls.

The electoral agency said that students in the universities need to be on campus for at least a month for the polls to hold.

INEC’s chairman of information and voters education committee, Festus Okoye, issuing the warning at a 2019 polls seminar in Abuja, asked the presidency and the striking lecturers to reach a deal early for universities to resume academic activities.

Okoye explained that National Youth Service Corps alone cannot provide all the ad-hoc staff required for the polls, because about 70 percent of ad-hoc staff it required for the conduct of the polls will be recruited from among students of the institutions.

INEC, according to him still need over one million universities’ lecturers and students to serve as returning officers, collation officers, supervisory presiding officers and assistant presiding officers.

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