GOVERNANCE - 04 FEB 2019

FW: NYSC warns corp members against electoral malpractice

FW: NYSC warns corp members against electoral malpractice
NYSC was created on 22 May, 1973 as an avenue for the reconciliation, reconstruction, and rebuilding of the nation after the civil war.

 

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

 

The Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig - Gen Suleiman Kazaure, warned corps members against electoral offences during the upcoming 2019 elections.

Kazaure gave the warning during an inspection visit to the 2018 Batch C stream II orientation camp in Kano State last year and again during an address in Enugu State orientation camp two weeks ago.

The corp members working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to coordinate elections across different polling units in the country were charged to be good ambassadors of their country.

There was also a lot of talk on the need to put their safety first.

“Study your environment and be security conscious. When faced with obvious danger, secure yourself first. Don’t enter vehicles belonging to politicians and strangers as INEC will provide all your needs” - Suleiman Kazaure.


 

Political neutrality

Similarly, Julius Amusan, the Akwa Ibom coordinator of the NYSC, during a 3-day training programme that started 2nd February 2019 advised corp members to remain neutral during the electoral process.

The training, which was organised for members participating in the forthcoming elections warned that by they could be prosecuted if found committing crimes in favour of certain politicians or their parties.

Offences, like registering a voter more than once and giving false information in any application for a registered voter, attract fines and a minimum of 12 months imprisonment.
 

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Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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