The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has allegedly cried out over the lingering strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) describing it as a threat to its preparations for the conducts of the poll.
It was gathered that, Barrister Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee made this known while speaking at a one day workshop on Gender Sensitive Reporting of Elections in Abuja.
Okoye said that over seventy percent of the ad hoc staff requirement for the elections was drawn from students of Federal Tertiary Institutions.
“The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU will no doubt have serious impact on the preparations for the conduct of the 2019 elections.
“It is therefore important that students of federal tertiary institutions should and must be in school at least a month before the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections. They are one critical resource and their absence will have adverse effects on the ad hoc staff requirement of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC,” he stated.
Also, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its outreach and partnership committee urged the media to function as a transparency watchdog, a campaign platform, a public educator and an open forum for debates and discussions. He said INEC is concerned about gender discrimination in political news reportage.