Some of the unpaid EC officials in a queue

Some of the EC officials in a queue yesterday

Hundreds of officials who supervised the 2012 general elections yesterday formed long queues at various centers in Accra to receive their unpaid allowances that had been pending for months.

The Electoral Commission (EC) finally released funds for the payment of their allowances six months after last year?s general elections.

The monies were supposed to be paid just after the elections but payment delayed for unknown reasons.

The presiding officers were paid GH?100; verification officers, GH?80 and polling assistant, GH?70.

When DAILY GUIDE visited the Nima police station, the unpaid officials had formed long queues g to collect their allowances.

Most of them, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, expressed disappointment about the delay in the payment of their allowances, saying the Commission promised to pay them just after the elections but failed to deliver on its pledge.

According to them, the EC should have made the payment after the elections due to the amount of money the Commission received from government for the elections.

The EC was said to have received over GH?100 million for the 2012 general elections but could not pay all the temporary employees who helped in the conduct of the polls.

One of the officials, who gave his name as Yakubu told DAILY GUIDE, ?If I knew the electoral commission would delay in the payment of our monies after the elections I wouldn?t have applied to be an election official. EC lied to us but I am happy the money has finally arrived.?

An attempt to get an official of the EC to comment on the matter proved futile.

 By Cephas Larbi

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