The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Kwara have said it will be deploying a total of 1,825 electoral staffs for the scheduled Nov. 17 House of Representative by-election in the state.

Garuba Madami, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), disclosed the figure in his remarks at a meeting in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

The meeting that took place at Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran Hall of Fame, was at the instance of INEC to interact with interest groups ahead of the polls.

The by-election is in respect of Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency following the death of the last occupant of the slot under the All Progressive Congress Party (APC), late Funke Adedoyin.

According to Madami, 1,532 of the ad hoc staff would be Corps members while the rest are officials of the commission and other categories of workers.

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Madami, while giving the breakdown of the election statistics across the four local government areas said the councils consist of 42 Registration Areas (RAs), 330 Voting Units and 383 Voting Points.

He gave the total number of already collected Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) across the councils as 122, 656 leaving a balance of 46, 700 yet to be collected.

The INEC boss, who expressed disappointment at the low level of PVC collection in the state, urged party leaders and traditional rulers to advise their people to participate in choosing their leaders.

He described the by-election as a litmus test for both the Commission and the contending parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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