The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has reiterated the commission’s assurance that corps members participating as ad-hoc staff during Ondo State gubernatorial election will be adequately protected.
The election is coming up on October 10.
The INEC chairman gave the assurance during an Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES, meeting held in Akure.
Yakubu said that the success recorded during the recently held election in Edo State was an indication that the commission was improving on its operation in all ramifications and could not afford to lower the bar come October 10, 2020.
“NYSC is one of our principal partners at ensuring that we have credible, free, fair and generally acceptable election and we shall do all things legally possible to make sure that their participation is not in any way jeopardized,” he said.
The INEC boss expressed the readiness of the commission to conduct another successful election in the Sunshine State saying that all hands must remained on deck and leverage on Edo experience.
Earlier in her contribution at the meeting, the State Coordinator, NYSC, Mrs. Grace Akpabio, restated the stand of the NYSC management that corps members should not be posted to riverine areas for the election duties.
Akpabio informed the stakeholders which had in attendance INEC National Commissioners and heads of security and uniformed agencies as well as the representative of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that the members of the service corps had been sensitised on the roles expected of them during the election.
At the meeting, the security chiefs who spoke through the Joint Chairman of ICCES and Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, allayed the fears expressed by the NYSC management and disclosed that the corps members would receive the best from the security personnel deployed for the election.
The NYSC state coordinator who later addressed journalists, called on corps members to give their best to the nation and be transparent in their conduct during the election, and be good ambassadors of NYSC.