The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it made adequate provisions for the welfare of corps members deployed for the February 16 postponed election.
The Commission explained that those who faced untold challenges on Saturday suffered the unimaginable hardship because the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) were still doubting if the elections will hold.
It noted that the RECs were awaiting the ‘go ahead’ signal from the headquarters before releasing the welfare package of the corps members to them.
TheEcho reports that unsavory pictures of corps members mobilized for the postponed election where many of them slept on mats, open ground, inside vehicles without security men and other unfavorable places have been the talk on social media.
Reacting on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, said: “We made adequate arrangements. It’s unfortunate that we found out that some corps members slept in the open.
“We made provisions for mattresses, mats, pillows, and toiletries. In some of the areas, probably, those materials weren’t mobilized in good time to get to the corps members. There may be other issues which we don’t know yet.
“But, we are on top of the situation because when we started hearing these (negative) reports, we contacted our state offices and the issues are been addressed at the moment.
“We don’t want to put the lives or welfare of our corps members in jeopardy. I can assure you that they are very important to us. In fact, we can’t conduct elections without them. I can assure you that going forward things will improve tremendously (with their welfare),” he maintained.