Corps members protest non-payment of allowance, threaten to boycott election

Corps members protest non-payment of allowance, threaten to boycott election

- Corps members working as INEC ad hoc staff were left to sleep outisde Friday to Saturday morning when the election was postponed

- INEC failed to provide adequate accomodation for the Corps members serving as ad hoc staff

- The affected corps members have threatened to boycott the election resheduled to February 23

Members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) serving as ad hoc staff with INEC have threatened to boycott the newly scheduled dates for the elections after the inhuman treatment meted out on them last night.

The corps members said that they were neither provided with security nor a place to sleep and therefore had to spend the night outside in unfavourable conditions.

A corps member who asked to be anonymous said: “INEC had NYSC ad-hoc staff sleep inside and around primary schools in an unsafe and unsanitary condition, no bed, no mosquito net, no security, just a sudden postponement of the 2019 General elections."

Corps members sleeping outside after INEC failed to provide accommodation for them.

Corps members sleeping outside after INEC failed to provide accommodation for them.
Source: UGC

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Others corps members took to social media to complain about the treatment and wonder what happened to the money set aside for the welfare of ad hoc staff.

Premium Times also reported that members of the NYSC deployed to serve as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff in Ilorin East Local Government in Akerebiata are currently protesting non-payment of their allowance by the commission.

A member, Muraina, who spoke to journalists said: “We went to our RAC yesterday on our own — exposed to risks and insecurity and all. No security for ad-hoc staff, including corps members.

‘Some were posted to Marafa People which is about an hour drive from Akerebiata, the INEC office at Ilorin East. They got to their RAC to meet unprotected and highly exposed RAC in a rural area. These guys slept in an open space in the bush with no security or anything whatsoever.

“No INEC official, including the SPO came around to address any of us in our various RAC’s in Ilorin East. Mine was a slum in Idi Ape, Magaji Are Junior Secondary school. No security and we slept on mats all through."

Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC postponed the 2019 general election over logistics constraints.

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This was announced in Abuja by the chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu around 2.45 am on Saturday, February 16, after he held an emergency meeting with security officials, election observers and other stakeholders.

He said proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible and as result of this, the election was postponed by a week.

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