NYSC wants election duty allowances for corpers increased
The acting Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Christy Ubah, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) to increase allowances of corp members that will serve as ad hoc staff in this year’s elections.
She explained that it has become necessary to look at the allowances of the corps members in view of economic realities, saying that the current allowances cannot cater for them, Daily Trust reports.
Speaking when INEC’s Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, paid her a courtesy visit, she said, “In its effort to ensure more corps members participated in the election process, the scheme had concluded plans to resume orientation camp for Batch A Stream 1 in January, the commission should leverage the orientation course to sensitise the corps members on their roles during the elections.”
Ubah noted that the scheme has sensitised the corps members that their security was being taken care of already, saying state coordinators have also been directed to encourage corps members to register on the INEC portal for the ad hoc staff assignment.
Speaking earlier, the INEC chairman explained that it would be difficult to conduct elections in the country without the corps members.
He added that the commission had introduced technology in the conduct of elections which would demand educated and tech-savvy people to handle, stressing that it becomes necessary to involve the corps members in the conduct of elections.
He further explained that conducting the voting process at the polling units, collation of results, as well as transmission of results which are the most critical parts of the elections required corps members to operate.
Prof. Yakubu stated that the commission had included corps members in the inter-agency consultative committee on election security at the state level where the state coordinators would work together with State Commissioners.