Ex-corps members protest non-payment of allowances by INEC

The recently concluded elections in Nigeria was by and large a successful one. However, while the Independent National Electoral Commission has been lauded for this achievement, there remains some unresolved issues.

INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

Ex-corps members who were assistant polling officers in the recently concluded elections, have protested the non-payment of their allowances by the KwaraStateIndependentElectoralCommission.

Members of the group noted that while the presiding officers, who were serving corps members, had been paid in full, they were yet to receive any remuneration. According to punchng.com, some of the officials said they were being owed training allowances and payment for both the March 28 and April 11 exercises. They also criticized the commission for not disclosing the amount they were to be paid.

One of the aggrieved members of the group was quoted as saying, "“PO's were paid N8,000 for the training and 13,000 for the presidential and national assembly elections. I even learnt they have received part payment for this Saturday’s exercise, whereas we have not been paid a dime and we worked. We have been meeting INEC's management but they keep making promises. The last time we approached them, they said they would pay after the governorship and assembly elections."

Another member of the group, who finished service in 2001, Mr. OlaFola, said he was appalled by the commissions refusal to give clear details as to when and how much they would be paid.

Reacting to the development, the resident electoral commissioner in the state, Dr. EmmanuelOnucheyo, said the delay was caused by the management of the NYSC. He also said he would meet with the ex-corps members and promised to pay them soon. He, however, didn't give a specific date with regards to hen said payments would be made.

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