The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) has said it would recruit no less than 300 ad hoc staff for the conduct of the Local Government election fixed for December 1, 2018.

Yomi Dinakin, Chairman of ODIEC, made the disclosure at the weekend while fielding questions from journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Professor Dinakin disclosd that the ad hoc staff will complement the efforts of the commission's staff in line with the guidelines for conducting local government elections.

The ODIEC had, on August 14, 2018, released the guidelines and time-table for the exercise.

Dinakin noted that ODIEC was making all arrangements, in terms of logistics, available in accordance with the laws backing the conduct of the polls, to ensure it is hitch-free.

He also restated the commitment of the commission to ensure transparency.

The commssion, Dinakin said, had applied to the INEC office for the list of registered political parties, while also ruling out room for independent candidacy.

According to him, all the political parties participating in the election have also been advised to conduct their activities in line with the laid-down rules and guidelines, just as he vowed to maintain credibility and assured the electorate that the state electoral body would not be a machinery in the hand of the the state government.

He said: "I can assure that this ODIEC under my leadership will not be controlled by anybody, either the government or any highly-placed individual.

"We shall work independently and maintain our integrity by ensuring the smooth conduct of free election that is acceptable to all parties."

Dinakin, however, said all hands must be on deck to achieve success in the December election, noting that it is the responsibility of stakeholders to ensure it's credible.

He cautioned political parties to eschew all forms of violence ahead of the election.

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