The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) says none of its staff/personnel went missing during the Kogi Governorship elections held on Saturday.
The electoral umpire was reacting to earlier reports that 30 adhoc posted to Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi state went missing following reported outbreak of violence on Saturday.
But in a statement released in Abuja, Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the INECchairman, said all the 30 staff have been accounted for, asking Nigerians to disregard unfounded rumours and speculations.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can now confirm that all the 30 ad-hoc staff engaged for the 2019 Kogi Governorship election and posted to Polling Units 002, 006 and 013 at OlamaboroIII; and Polling Units 006, 012, 015, 016, 022 at lmani1 all in Olamaboro Local Government Area have been accounted for. They are safe, sound and back in their respective homes,” he said.
“The Chairman of the Commission has personally spoken with some of them and theyc onfirmed that they are hale and hearty.”
The INEC spokesman said the disturbances recorded within the polling units was responsible for the loss of contact with the ad-hoc staff on ground.
“These election-day duty staff could not be accounted for initially following the violent attacks by some armed thugs at their respective duty posts after the close of polls.”
“The Commission has established that none of them was either injured or killed. They were able to successfully conclude the result collation process before the commotion started,” Oyekanmi noted.
The collated election results at Local Government Level are ongoing.