A pair of ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State have been relieved of their duties for not giving non-indigenes of the state.
News of the sack was announced on Wednesday,February 11, 2015 via a statement signed by Femi Aikinbiyi, the Head of INEC’s Public Affairs, who countered reports that the commission was denying non-indigenes their PVCs on purpose.
He said: “In a few places where we did not have the full complement of NYSC members, some members of the community whom we engaged for the exercise, two of them were found to have denied a few non-indigenes the collection of their cards. We have consequently relieved them of the assignment.
“INEC regrets whatever embarrassment this might have caused the affected members of the public and also wishes to thank those who drew our attention to this act.
“We are by this press release stating that no INEC official, permanent or ad-hoc, has been engaged to give cards to people from only one part of the country while denying others their legitimate right of collecting their cards.
“All INEC staff are under firm instructions to give the PVCs to their rightful owners. In doing this, no money was to be demanded or given.”