Maj- Gen. Suleiman Kazaure , Director -General , National Youth Service Corps has advised corps members that would participate as ad - hoc staff during the general elections to be neutral and conscious of their safety.
Kazaure gave the advice during a sensitisation visit to the participating corps members at the Rivers State University in Port Harcourt on Friday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission would recruit corps members as ad - hoc staff for the 2019 general elections .
He urged them not to engage in any form of sharp practices that could compromise the election and expose them to avoidable risk.
“ You must remain neutral , avoid taking anything from politicians and render your service without compromising integrity and the election.
“ You must shun any form of sharp practices at the polling unit to be free from unwarranted attacks, ” he said.
According to Kazaure , The Nigerian Police Force , Army , Department of State Service and other security agencies will be deployed on the election day.
“ So , you must appear neat in your uniform and carry your NYSC Identification Card , for easy identification should the unexpected happen.
“ Don ’ t argue with anyone and if there is crisis , run to the nearest police station or security post , ” he said.
The NYSC DG told the corps members that their voluntary participation should not be for personal interest but in the interest of the nation.
“ A set of corps members did the scheme proud during the 2011 elections , and I trust that you will do better than them, ” he said.
Mr Etim Umoh , INEC Administrative Secretary in Rivers, said the commission would do everything possible to protect the corps members .
“ We are liaising with security agencies to ensure both the upland and coastal areas of the state are well secured.
“ Don ’ t create any loophole in the polling unit and expose yourself to danger , as you must be transparent , and not be partisan to avoid instant reaction , ” he said .
Umoh disclosed that the commission had an insurance cover for the corps members .
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