National Youth Service Corps members in Rivers state have reportedly refused to participate in the Rivers state rerun elections.
The legislative rerun elections are slated for Saturday, December 10, 2016 and most of the corpers have opted out of participating due to fears of violence.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has on various occasions utilized Corpers as ad hoc staff in the conduct of elections across the country. Three corps members were killed in the first round of elections in Rivers state with their election eventually deemed ‘inconclusive’ by INEC.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, 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,”