At least 150 ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who participated in the 2015 general elections, were reported to have besieged the Commission’s state headquarters in Awka, the Anambra State capital, demanding their unpaid allowances, and locking up the secretariat in the process.
It was a show of shame on Wednesday as some of the ad hoc staff said while some of them received the first portion; others had not received anything since the March 28 and April 11, 2015 elections.
It was learnt that after several visits to the Commission, they were asked to compile their names and bring their bank statements for verification, and still nothing happened.
The irate protesters then stormed the state INEC headquarters in Awka and barricaded the gate, demanding their money, alleging that while ad hoc staff of other states had received their money, INEC workers in Anambra State had refused to pay.
The ad-hoc staff, who contributed money to buy a padlock and chain, locked the gate, with the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr. Edwin Nwatarali and his staff inside their offices.
The Security operatives who were on ground, released teargas to disperse them.