Corp members serving in Rivers state have refused to be shortlisted to serve as INEC ad-hoc committee members in this Saturday, December 10th National Assembly rerun election in the state, Punch reports.
It was learnt that the corps members have refused to show interest due to fear of possible violence during the election.
It could be recalled that a corp member, Okonta Samuel Dumebi, was murdered by some political thugs during the state’s rerun election on March 19.
A source privy to this, told Punch that “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.”
Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers, Aniedi Ikoiwak said the job of corps members was voluntary.
He added that INEC will get ad hoc staff from other government’s agencies if there was shortage in the number of corps members needed for the job on Saturday.
He said; “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,”.