The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 30 of its staff are missing in Kogi State, Nigeriatunes reports.
The electoral body said the ad-hoc staff took part in Saturday’s Kogi governorship election. The commission said it posted the staff to Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA). INEC added that it declared them missing around 1 a.m. on Sunday during the final collation of results in the local government.
The LGA Election Officer, in-charge of collating and announcing the local government’s results, Garba Mahmood, made this known on Sunday.
Mahmood said 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. He also declared missing results from the polling units where they served.
The INEC official said the ad-hoc staff were reported missing after the observation of some police officers. He said the officers raised concern that they saw the INEC staff shortly after voting ended at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Mahmood said repeated calls to their telephone numbers did not go through.
However, Mahmood asked party agents whether or not the missing staff should be waited for. Based on their response, he declared them missing and then released the names of the missing persons.