By Idongesit Ashameri – Correspondent, Uyo
Apparently threatened by the tensed security situation ahead of Saturday’s presidential election, the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Lady Ngozi Chukwuka, has called for more security measures for the safety of Corps members used for the forth coming elections in the country.
She said Adequate security promised for Corps members, who were used as ADHOC staff for the INEC in previous years was denied, hence the unfortunate exposure of some of these youths to electoral violence.
Chukwuka, made the appeal in Uyo on Wednesday during a town hall meeting of the Mitigation of Violence in Election (MOVE) Project facilitated by the Centre for Social Transformation and Human Development.
As critical stakeholders during elections, she noted that Corps members have aided free, fair and credible polls and so deserved to live their lives after the elections, but regretted that some of them had either been maimed or lost their lives due to electoral violence in previous elections.
At the meeting with the theme; “Preparing for Violence-free 2015 Elections” the state Cordinator who was represented by her Assistant Director INEC desk, Mr. Boniface Udoh, said both members and staff of the NYSC have been properly educated and informed on electoral laws, adding that what was left was for security agencies and INEC to guarantee the safety of ADHOC staff.
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