The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that it will ensure the ad hoc staff for the upcoming elections undergo compulsory drug tests in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
It debunked rumours that the commission’s database had been hacked.
This was disclosed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Abduganiyu Raji, during an INEC stakeholder meeting on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti.
He also explained that INEC’s network is firmly secured against any external threat. Especially the case of cloning of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“Even our workers who are working in the ICT have limitations; there is a limit to which they can go. In clear terms, the cloned PVCs can’t work with our smart card readers,” he said.
“We heard people are selling their PVCs; this would not help anybody. But how can people be selling their future?
“Even if you are given a sum of N20,000, would that be enough to take you throughout four years? So, our people must stop selling their future.”
He further reiterated the commission’s collaboration with the Police and the NDLEA towards ensuring the potential pool of ad hoc staff is drug-free without any criminal record.
“We can’t use criminals to conduct elections or drug abusers and be expecting good results,” he said.