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Why We Are Protesting In Anambra – INEC Ad-hoc Staff Reveals | READ DETAILS

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Why We Are Protesting In Anambra – INEC Ad-hoc Staff Reveals | READ DETAILS

Aggrieved ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who worked in Anambra State during the 2023 general elections, on Tuesday marched to the Commission’s headquarters in Awka, the state capital in protest.

INEC ad hoc staff protesting in Anambra
INEC ad hoc staff protesting in Anambra

The protesters who barricaded the entrance of the the INEC office, said the Commission has paid them only N3000 feeding allowance out of the N17,000 allowance promised them since the election day.

One of the protesters, who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity said;

“We were only paid N3,000 as feeding allowance on the day of the elections while the remnant of N14,000 is being owed us for each of the two elections (Presidential and National Assembly, and State House of Assembly election).

“They are about to conclude the issue of payment, yet we have not been paid. They told us that the problem was with the banks we are using. They told us to submit other bank accounts, which we did, but yet they have still not paid us.

“We are over 300 that have not received our allowances. All we are asking is that INEC pays us the money they agreed to pay us. It is only in Nigeria that people work and do not get paid.

“We all know the risk associated with elections in this part of the country. Yet, we defied the odds and risked our lives to ensure that democracy is sustained and the only way INEC wants to pay us back is by owing us.”

The protesters bearing placards bearing different inscription like; ‘Pay us our money,; ‘INEC you cannot eat our money; ‘Labourers are worth their wages’, called on all the relevant authorities to address their grievances.

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