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2019: NYSC Speaks On Corps Members Boycotting Elections

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2019: NYSC Speaks On Corps Members Boycotting Elections

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has appealed that corps member should not boycott the general elections as it will adversely affect the exercise.

Some corps members who were mobilised for the election threatened to pull out of the exercise due to their experiences and challenges in the field.

Reacting, NYSC pointed out that boycotting the general elections would affect the election drastically as no fewer than 10, 000 of the ad hoc staff were drawn from the corps.

The NYSC Coordinator in Enugu State, Alhaji Ahmed Ikaka, made this appeal on Monday in Enugu in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said: ”Some of them who were posted to Igboeze Local Government Area of the state said they went through difficulties and even had to sleep in the farms.

”Others who were posted to Awgu Local Government Area of the state said they were already sleeping in a pavilion in an open field when the chairman of the area, Mr Stanley Okeke intervened.

“The council hall was later opened for us to sleep; we do not wish to continue in this election due to what we are already going through,’’ they said.

“The truth of the matter is that people must feel uncomfortable if their quest to get things right is anything to by.

“We are reaching out to them and encouraging them not to be deterred. They know the importance of this election because it is about their future.

“What about those saying they will not vote again due to the postponement, we have had elections postponed in the past in this country.

“It is better to delay and get it right than to rush and get it wrong.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, postponed the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23 and March 9th respectively because of logistics.

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