…Says Corps Members For Osun Elections Performed Well
Richard Ginika Izuora
The National Youth Sevice Corps, NYSC, has reaffirmed its commitment to supply manpower towards achieving hitch free elections in the country.
The Agency however, said security of Corps members must be first assured in the line of duty.
Eddy Megwa, Director, Press and Public Relations, who stated this also denied a statement credited to Dr. Deji Adeleke, alleging that 45 Corps Members assigned for Osun State Gubernatorial Election which held on Saturday, 16th July, 2022 failed to turn up at their respective polling units, thus implying an attempt on the part of the Corps Members to undermine the credibility of the exercise.
Megwa, said that the allegation in its entirety does not represent the true position of what happened on the said day.
He explained that before every election, Corps Members are trained and sensitised on the provisions of the Electoral Act, but that the security of Corps Members is a cardinal policy thrust of the Scheme which is always given prominence during the training sessions.
Megwa said that Corps Members that participate in electoral duties were under strict instruction not to move to any polling unit, with sensitive and non-sensitive materials in the absence of vehicles and complementary security cover provided by Independent National Electoral Commission.
“8,141 Corps Members participated in the exercise. There was no case of abscondment on the part of the Corps Members as alleged.
“However, it took a while before the polling officers detailed to a few newly-created polling units could locate them through the intervention of the Desk Officers, Electoral Operations Support Centre.
“Consequently, it is appropriate to restate, while reassuring the general public, especially the electorates that the Scheme will continue to discharge its electoral duties in tandem with the provisions of the Electoral Act, with the highest degree of discipline and neutrality.
“In the final analysis, the general public is hereby advised to disregard the sweeping statement made by our respected elder statesman for lacking in facts and accuracy.” Megwa added.