Well, Lagos is special, as the state is often regarded as the heartbeat of West Africa. This Saturday’s governorship election is one that can be likened to the ‘Clash of the Titans’, as APC is producing Akinwunmi Ambode, while on the other hand the defeated ruling party, PDP is presenting Jimi Agbaje to lead the Center of Excellence. However, The Independent National Electoral Commission in Lagos State has said it will pay collation officer involved in Saturday’s governorship and state House of Assembly elections a total of N15.9m as honorarium.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, in a meeting with INEC officials at the University of Lagos, Akoka, disclosed that each collation officer in the state’s 245 registration area collation centres would receive N65, 000 each.
The meeting was attended by collation officers, returning officers and supervising presiding officers.
Orebiyi noted that each official, would receive N35,000 for their involvement in the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections and N30,000 for the elections on Saturday.
According to the REC, the payment takes care of accommodation for the ad hoc staff of the commission.
Addressing the officers, he said, “You are to go to the INEC local government offices on Friday. From 5pm, the electoral officers will be expecting your arrival.
“Upon arrival, you are to register to show you have come. Some of you may want to spend the night at a friend’s place close by. But for those of you who cannot, we have made provisions to accommodate you in hotels rooms.
“You will be given N30,000 for the night to stay at the hotel. Every one of you that worked for INEC during the March 28 elections will receive N35,000 also, making a total of N65,000.”
Orebiyi further said provisions had been made for pens, stamps, calculators, result sheets and lamps for each of the collation centres across the state.
The REC added that there would be, at least, five security personnel at each centre to prevent unauthorised persons from interfering in the exercise.
He listed authorised persons to include accredited observers, journalists and party agents, noting that no more than one agent per party would be allowed into the centre.
The INEC boss warned the officials to refrain from unfair conduct and that they should be focused so as to speed up the electoral process.
He added, “There were allegations two weeks ago of some officials playing football. Do not take sides. You are meant to be referees.”