Election officials are permanent or ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who handle the conduct and supervision of elections. There are also other persons or organisations involved in the conduct of elections, namely, polling or party agents, the security agents, representatives of the media, observer groups and the voters.
Election officials have a major role in the electoral process. The manners in which they discharge their duties affect the degree of confidence voters have in the electoral process and in INEC. All the actions of election officials should be characterised by the highest standards of integrity, impartiality, transparency, professionalism, gender sensitivity and support for the elderly and those who are physically challenged.
Below are brief descriptions of their duties;