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ELECTION VIOLENCE: Rivers Corp Members Refuse To Participate In Election Monitoring

Members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), serving in Rivers State have allegedly refused to participate in the legislative rerun election scheduled to hold on Saturday, in Rivers State.

The corps members who are being contacted to serve as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are said to have refused to participate in the election because of fear of possible violence during the election.

According to Punch, a source disclosed that the corps members were not showing the usual enthusiasm to participate in the election because of the accusations and counter-accusation between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and INEC.

The source said, “Corps members being contacted by INEC to participate in the Rivers rerun election are showing reluctance to serve in the election. A good number of them are afraid that there could be violence during the election, and these are young men and women who don’t want to get killed because of some election.”

When the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi was contacted, he said that it was only the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers that could comment on that.

Reacting, the state REC, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, said the job of corps members was voluntary, adding that those who did not want to work with INEC on election day were free to opt out.

“From the beginning, the NYSC work is on a voluntary basis. We know that some of them might have been told by their parents not to be part of it (election). But if we have problem of shortage of manpower, we will complete them with workers from other government’s agencies and institutions,” he stressed.

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