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NYSC, INEC appoint corps members as election presiding officers

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• Charge them to be honest, shun inducement from parties
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.


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