The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday disclosed that there would be replacement of collation officers for Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in Kwara State.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Garba Madami, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing journalists on the commission’s preparation for the elections, in Ilorin, the state capital.
He said the commission will change some collation officers in the state due to their poor performance in presidential and National Assembly election.
Madami added that 35 candidates would take part in the governorship election while 338 candidates from 19 political parties would be contesting for the 24 seats in the state House of Assembly.
Madami expressed reservation about the performance of some collation officers who took part in the February 23 elections, and said they would be dropped from the list.
He said: “A lot of the collation officers did not do well. In fact, we are dropping a lot of the collation officers.
“We discovered that those in sciences do better in collation than those that read humanities.
“We have more problems with those collation officers that read humanities may be it is because they don’t like Mathematics.
“Some of the collation officers performed poorly, especially in the addition of the figures collated from the field.”
The REC stated that fresh training would be organised for the commission’s ad-hoc staff before the Saturday’s poll, adding that 12,409 personnel have been deployed to participate in the exercise.