Corps Members With Disabilities to Serve as PO in 2023 General Election (Independent National Electoral Commission)

Prof. Mahmoud Yakub Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has committed to appointing a member of the National Youth League with Disabilities as its chairperson in the 2023 general election. Professor Yakub led a delegation of the National Commissioner, Trustees, and Technical Team today to make this assurance during a courtesy visit to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) headquarters in Abuja.

He said: “Independent National Electoral Commission INEC is an equal opportunities employer. We want to give every Nigerian the opportunity not only to vote, irrespective of circumstances like a physical challenge, but also to participate in the conduct of elections where necessary.

The INEC chair also commended the NYSC management for their consistent support of the committee over the years. He said “We are here to thank you, DG (Director General), and the NYSC for your consistent support. The truth is that INEC cannot conduct elections without the NYSC. I have said it severally and I won’t be tired of saying that our national youth corps members are the most educated, reliable, readily available, patriotic, the largest number of election duty staff in the country and the youngest.”

“We have insurance cover in the event of an injury or other emergencies for all corps members involved in election duty. And working with the security agencies, we will also extend protection and security to the youth corps members’ lodges when they deploy to the field on election day. We had unhappy experiences before when some hoodlums raided the corpers’ lodges in some places while the youth corps members were out on election duty. We will continue to do whatever it takes to protect and guarantee the security and welfare of the youth corps members.”

In response, Mrs. Christy Uba, Acting NYSC Executive Director, pledged that the NYSC would continue to work with INEC to carry out its duties. Speaking of preparations for the 2023 general election, she said NYSC management instructed state coordinators to encourage Legion members to register (before the deadline) on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC portal for the election. clarified.

She also said staff from the Corps’ Department of Welfare and Health Services traveled to the state to persuade Corps members and staff to commit to NYSC/INEC’s commitment to safety during the election period.

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