There has been a major shake-up at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This is as INEC redeployed 186 staff across the country.
The Electoral Commission said the redeployment is part of efforts to ensure efficient and optimal performance.
According to the commission, the affected staff are either serving in their states of origin or have served for between 10 and 32 years in the same state.
INEC, in a statement by the chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, noted that the commission considers the extended stay of staff in the same state unhealthy for the sensitive responsibilities they discharge.
He further said that in line with the commission’s existing posting policy, no head of a department (HoD) or Electoral officer (EO) would, henceforth, serve in their state of origin, adding also that no staff will serve for more than two electoral cycles on the same duty post.
“The Commission has identified 186 staff for immediate redeployment. Among them are 46 HoDs who are either serving in their States of origin or served for more than two electoral cycles in the same state, as well as 140 EOs serving in their states of origin or served for more than two electoral cycles in the same state.
“This will be an ongoing exercise that will extend to other categories of staff in the commission’s headquarters, state and local government offices nationwide.”
Okoye said the redeployed staff are to complete the hand/take over office no later than Wednesday, March 9, 2022.