Ahead of the general election, corps members participating as INEC ad-hoc staff has been warned by the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Maj. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, that they would be jailed if they break any electoral law during the election.
The DG stated this on Thursday while addressing corps members trained to participate in the exercise.
Kazaure who was represented by Sadiq Ipaku, Chief Inspector of NYSC, Abuja, stated that it is compulsory for corps members to know the Electoral Act and discharge their duty in line with the law.
He stated that over the past years corps members have distinguished themselves during elections and should continue to do so.
“Your predecessors, right from the year 2008 when the collaboration started, have proven their mettle and made each succeeding election more credible and acceptable than the proceeding one.
“It is against this background that the nation is once again calling on you for this very important assignment,” Kazaure said.
Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, the Adamawa Coordinator of NYSC, while speaking call on corps members to be confident and take full responsibility during the assignment so as not to be messed up by any politician.
Mohammed advised them to be security conscious as INEC would not post them to crisis areas.
He also said that special numbers would be provided for them to make quick contact in the case of any difficulty or emergency.
The Adamawa Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Kassim Gaidam, while speaking said “the core of INEC ad-hoc staff”, said the commission has confidence in their ability to deliver.
The corp members were assured of adequate security and welfare, adding that their training allowances would be paid on Friday, while other allowances would be paid as of when due.