Anambra: INEC insures corps members against death, disability

THE Independent National Electoral Commission has announced an insurance cover for corps members deployed for the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6.

It explained that it was implementing a policy, known as Electoral Hazard-a group personal accident policy, covering death by accident, temporary disability, permanent disability and medical treatment due to accident.

Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, confirmed this in an interview in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Oyekanmi noted that the commission had insured all ad hoc staff, including the NYSC members engaged for the Anambra governorship election.

He said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission has obtained an insurance policy for all ad hoc staff that would be engaged for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6 2021.

“The policy, known as Electoral Hazard, is a group personal accident policy. It covers death by accident, temporary disability, permanent disability and medical treatment due to accident.

“This has been the commission’s long standing standard practice for every election conducted by INEC.

“The ad hoc staff covered include Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers, Collation Officers, Returning Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers and Security personnel.”

On October 26, INEC presented cheques to the next-of-kin of police officers who died in a boat mishap that occurred during the Bayelsa Central and West Senatorial Districts’ by-elections, held on December 5 2020.

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Emmanuel Alex-Hart made the presentation to the beneficiaries on behalf of the INEC chairman at the commission’s Bayelsa State Office, Yenagoa, in line with the insurance policy for staff, ad hoc staff and other personnel engaged for the conduct of elections.

The beneficiaries included Anthony Batambari Paul (Son and Next-of-Kin of Florence Nbaane); Ezinwa Divine Amaechi (Husband and Next-of-kin of Ezinwa Juliana and Victoria Edet (wife and Next-of-Kin of Daniel Edet).

Meanwhile, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu will hold a stakeholder meeting on matters relating to the 2021 Anambra state gubernatorial election in Awka today (Wednesday), UGAMATV has learnt.

The stakeholders meeting, as our correspondent learnt, would focus on addressing some issues raised concerning the disenfranchisement of some 76,104 voters across six local government areas in the state.

An election watch group, YIAGA Africa in a statement on Sunday said no fewer than 76,104 voters may not be able to participate in the Saturday polls due to the delay in getting their voter cards from INEC.

The group had listed the affected areas as Anambra East, Aguata, Idemili North, Dunukofia and Onitsha South Local Government Areas.

 “We don’t want to work with speculation. Anyone who is aggrieved should write formally to us, the committee.”

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