By Ezra Ijioma
Saturday, 21 Aug 2010
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Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier-General Ismaila Maharazu Tsiga
The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has
reiterated his commitment in using members of the National Youth Service Corps as ad hoc
staff for the forthcoming voter registration exercise and the 2011 elections.
Prof. Jega said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Director - General of NYSC,
Brigadier General Maharazu Ismaila Tsiga, on Thursday at the NYSC headquarters, Abuja.
According to Jega, there is no doubt that NYSC has the human capacity and resolve to assist
INEC in producing a credible voter register and conducting a free and fair 2011 elections.
He said, ”We want to open a new chapter in terms of how best NYSC can help INEC to give
Nigerians a credible voter register and free and fair election. I want to use this
opportunity to inform the NYSC D-G of our desire to recruit all our ad hoc staff for the
purpose of the voter registration exercise as well as the 2011 elections from the NYSC
Prof. Jega explained that INEC needs at least three ad hoc staff at each polling unit and
INEC needs about 360, 000 of them for the electoral processes.
The INEC boss said that the commission recognised the shortcomings of the past with respect
to how corps members were treated and promised that such shoddy treatment will be reduced to
its barest minimum or even eliminated.
He said,”We will do that it takes to ensure the comfort of corps members as they participate
in the voter registration exercise and the elections. We will work with the D-G and his
staff to work out the modalities and we will do whatever it takes to make the corps members...