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Delay in the payment of the ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) resulted in a protest at the Registration Area Centre of the commission located in the Amuwo-Odofin Nursery and Primary School, Mile 2, Lagos on Saturday.

This was as some political thugs have reportedly hijacked and destroyed voting materials meant for wards 2, 3, 4 and 5 in constituency five of the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State for the House of Assembly election.

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According to some of the ad hoc staff, they were promised ₦15,000 each before they left the RAC but they had yet to be paid at past 9am.

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One of the ad hoc staff who identified himself as Matthew said, “We were told that we would get ₦15,000 before we leave here but they are yet to pay and are even threatening us.”

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Meanwhile, voting has commenced at the three polling units inside the school.

LAGOS: INEC ad hoc staff protest delay in payment on election day

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However, in Bayelsa State where hoodlums have destroyed voting materials, Governor Douye Diri, has strongly condemned the act, according to his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah.

The governor urged the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police for Bayelsa State to restore peace in the area.

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Meanwhile, accreditation and voting were yet to start at wards polling units 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Atissa Constituency, Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa State as of 9 am.

TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) observed that INEC officials and balloting materials had yet to leave the Atissa RAC as of 8:45 am.

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Buses and other vehicles were seen being loaded with voting materials to depart for polling units in the area.

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