The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said 16,723 of its personnel will be deployed to conduct the November 2016, governorship election in Ondo State.
This comes as the commission will publish the list of nominated candidates to represent political parties on October 27.
While the All Progressives Congress (APC) has Akeredolu as its candidate, media owner, Jimoh Ibrahim and former commissioner of Justice in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, are locked in a tussle over the candidacy of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Ondo State is made up of eighteen (18) Local Government Areas, 203 Registration Areas, and 3,010 Polling Units. It has a total of 1,660,055 registered voters.
A breakdown of the 16,723 personnel to be deployed indicates that INEC would deploy one (1) Returning Officer, eighteen (18) Local Government Collation Officers, 203 Registration Area Collation Officers, 301 Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPOs), 3,010 Presiding Officers (POs), and 11, 103 Assistant Presiding Officers (I,II and III).
Others are 1,321 Assistant Presiding Officers (VP), 621 Reserve Assistant Presiding Officers, 19 Local Government Area Supervisors, and 126 Registration Area Cluster Supervisors.
Similarly, the commission will publish the list of nominated candidates to represent political parties as well as official voters register for the polls, on October 27.
The anticipated publication is in compliance with the relevant sections of the law.
Section 34 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) provides that INEC should publish the list of nominated candidates by political parties at least 30 days before the day of an election.
Similarly, Section 20 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) provides that the Commission should publish the official register of voters for an election, not less than 30 days before the election.