- No fewer than 5,300 youth corps members will be used as ad hoc staff of INEC in the forthcoming elections in Plateau
- The NYSC state coordinator said the deployment was made possible with the agreement between the commission and service corps
- The coordinator said pregnant and married women will be exempted from those to serve as ad hoc staff for the exercise
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Plateau state has deployed 5,300 corps members as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Abdulsalam Al-Hassan, the NYSC state coordinator, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Wednesday, February 6.
Al-Hassan said the deployment was based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with INEC for use of all serving corps members as ad hoc staff with the exception of pregnant and married women.
According to him, 5,615 corps members are currently serving in the state. He said that no corps member would be posted to points considered as flashpoints as given to us by INEC.
“I have held several meetings with the various security agencies in the state and with the various NYSC local government inspectors to reiterate that no corps members is posted to points marked out as flash points," he said.
Al-Hassan said the posting of corps members would be done in conjunction with the electoral officers to ensure that corps members are not posted to identified flash points.
He said that the NYSC Plateau office had embarked on sensitisation of the corps members in the 17 local government areas of the state to be apolitical in the discharge of their duties.
“The corps members were told that this is not a money-making venture. They should uphold the mandate of the NYSC by ensuring that they are apolitical and non-partisan as they discharge their ad hoc duties in the coming polls,’’ Al-Hassan said.
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC said it would need 18,000 ad-hoc staff for a hitch-free running of the 2019 general elections in Enugu state.
Emeka Ononamadu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in the state, said much of the 18,000 ad-hoc staff would be sourced from NYSC.
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