Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has lost three members of staff in a ghastly motor accident while travelling from some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points into Polling Units.

In a statement issued by Bar. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, today, said the Commission received the sad report of a fatal road accident involving a number of its staff serving in Borno State.

According to him, on Sunday 18th April 2021, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for the State, Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim informed the Commission that an Electoral Officer, EO, and some Assistant Electoral Officers, AEOs, travelling from some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points into Polling Units were involved in the accident.

The three staff members were; Adamu Mohammed, EO, Biu LGA, Abubakar Hamma Joda and Suleiman Umar, AEOs, Damboa LGA, while five others sustained injuries.

The electoral body in the statement said the deceased staff, who were indigenes of Adamawa State, were buried yesterday, Monday 19th April 2021, in Yola.

It will be recalled that last week, the Commission commenced a nationwide train-the-trainers workshop in Abuja involving Heads of Operations Departments drawn from all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. The training is to be cascaded to the State level nationwide ahead of the fieldwork for the physical conversion of the VPs to PUs. The aim is to conclude the exercise ahead of the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, on 28th June 2021.

 

The three staff members died in the course of the national assignment. While praying for the repose of their souls, the Commission extends its condolence to their families and wishes the injured staff speedy recovery.


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