INEC to use 134,000 corps members for general elections

By Post Nigeria March 2, 2015 13:34

INEC to use 134,000 corps members for general elections

The Independent Electoral National Commission, INEC, has certified and trained 134,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to serve as ad hoc staff during this month’s general elections.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawunmi, made the disclosure at a press conference held in Abuja on Monday to announce the NYSC President’s Award ceremony at the Presidential Villa.

He explained that about 34,000 corps members who passed out last month had been trained and qualified by the electoral body to be on duty during the election.

On the figure of corps members mobil­ised for the general elections, he said: “You are all aware that we have an existing MoU with INEC on the participa­tion of corps members on elec­tion duties.

“However, for this 2015 election, INEC brought a new dimension by asking interested corps members to reg­ister online and as at the close of registration in January this year, we had about 168,000 registered corps members to serve as ad hoc staff.

“We wrote to INEC to ex­plain to them that about 34,000 corps members registered and trained for the elections had finished their services with us and will no longer partici­pate in the elections as corps members.

“However, we made it clear that since they had been trained for the elections, INEC can still use them as ad hoc staff on the condition that they will not wear the NYSC uniform or be under our care”.