About 30 staff of the Independence Electoral Commission, INEC, who took part in Saturday’s Kogi State governorship election has been declared missing,Premium Times reports.
The 30 ad-hoc staff missing were posted Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA), the commission revealed on Sunday around 1 a.m. during the final collation of results in the local government.
The missing INEC staff include Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) of polling units in Imane ward 1 and 2 of Olamaboro LGA of Kogi State.
Many of the ad-hoc staff used by INEC are corps members of the NYSC.
Just as the whereabouts of the officials are unknown, results from the polling units where they served have also been declared missing.
In announcing the development, the LGA Election Officer, in charge of collecting and announcing the results of the local government, Garba Mahmood, said that the INEC ad-hoc staff were missing after observing some police officers who were concerned that they were last seen shortly after the vote ended at 2 p.m.
Mr Mahmood said repeated calls to their telephone numbers did not go through.
According to a PREMIUM TIMES AND PTCIJ observer who witnessed the declaration by Mr Mahmood, the official asked party agents whether or not the missing staff should be waited for. Based on their response, he declared them missing.
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Mr Mahmood then released the names of the missing persons.
All efforts to reach spokesperson to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi and police spokesperson in Kogi, William Aya on the status of the missing staff proved abortive as they were not reachable.