NYSC, INEC appoint corps members as election presiding officers.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have announced the selection of Corps members from the 2018 batch A, B and C as presiding officers in the upcoming general elections.
NYSC Director General, Suleiman Kazuare disclosed this yesterday in Ibadan.
According to him, the general elections are very important assignments; hence corps members have always been used as presiding officers.
He charged them to be rule abiding and desist from any form of fraudulent acts.
Kazuare urged corps members to remain bold and shun bluntness, while encouraging them to maintain orderliness during the elections.
He warned them against any monetary enablement from party officials, politicians and the general public.
On security, the DG highlighted that in cases of collision; corps members should locate the nearest security post, or contact INEC officials and their local government inspectors, adding that their safety is primary among other assignments.
He informed them that security agents, accredited journalists and INEC representatives would be available at every polling unit during the elections.
The DG categorically asked corps members to refrain from attempts to manipulate the ballot papers, even if political parties offer them money.
Meanwhile, an INEC official in Ibadan North, who prefers to be anonymous, has listed out the duties of corps members as presiding officers.
They include issuing of ballot papers to voters and ensuring that they thumb print on the ballot papers.
Other are inspection of voters’ card and confirmation that the voters’ details are authenticated before they are allowed to vote.
In one of the training sessions, INEC insisted that corps members who are selected for the exercise must make themselves available for the Presidential, National Assembly, governorship and local government elections, if needed; adding that failure to comply would attract punishment from the NYSC scheme.
In Kebbi State, the NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Barde Usman charged all corps members in the state to exhibit highest sense of responsibility, honestly, discipline and commitment.
He urged them to as much as possible, shun all forms of practices that are inimical to our good image during the elections.
Usman gave the advice yesterday at a sensitisation programme organised for the all corps members who are going to participate in the general elections across the 21 local government areas of the state.
He disclosed that no fewer than 5021 corps members have been trained as ad hoc staff to participate in the 2019 general elections in the state.