Written by Nicholas Kalu, Calabar


Lecturers at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) who served as Returning Officers in the March 28 elections, yesterday, stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Calabar to protest non-payment of their allowances.Jega

They threatened to boycott tomorrow’s if their demands are not met.

One of the protesters told reporters that they embarked on the action to protest the ill-treated meted to them by the commission.

He said what they received in previous elections was higher than what the commission offered them this year, though he declined to disclose the figure.

According to him, “they (INEC) slashed our honorarium without explanations and could not even pay what they claim they were going to pay us.”

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Sylvester Ezeani condemned the protest, describing their action as ‘unfortunate.’

He said such action was expected of students and not academic staff, adding that efforts will be made to pay them today.

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