Universities lecturers involved in partisan would not be employed as ad hoc workers in general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission said in Abuja on Thursday.
INEC also stated that those who might not be involved in partisan political activities but were known to have political leanings should not be nominated.
The commission warned the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities against nominating members of academic staff in such categories.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said these at a meeting between the commission and CVCNU, adding that without the involvement of the country’s tertiary institutions, conducting credible elections would be difficult.
Yakubu added that the collaboration between INEC and CVCNU had enhanced the transparency and credibility of the elections in Nigeria.
He said, “For the 2019 general elections, the commission would require 10,603 staff to support various collation and declaration processes. We need the support of our universities to source the requisite members of academic staff on the understanding that this is essentially a national service.
“We have requested from each university, a specified number of academic staff as contained in my letter to the vice chancellors. Staff members who are card-carrying members (of political parties) or have participated in partisan politics should not be nominated.”
In his response on behalf of CVCNU, the Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Prof. Kyari Muhammed, said the VCs were committed to the Nigerian project and free and fair elections.
The Executive Secretary, National University Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, urged the VCs to take the assignment very seriously by nominating academic members that were non-partisan.