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Corps members pull out of polls in Delta

10:43 Apr 10 2015 Asaba, Oshimili South, Delta, Nigeria

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Some youth corps members, who served as INEC ad-hoc staff in Delta State during the March 28 presidential and the National Assembly elections, have pulled of Saturday’s governorship and state House of Assembly election citing threat to life.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Anidi Ikowak, in an interview with journalists on Thursday, said an unspecified number of corps members had written to the National Youth Service Corps to say they would not participate for fear that violent may erupt in some parts of the state during the elections.

Ikowak said an arrangement was already being made to replace the corps members with INEC staff or officials of some other federal agencies.

Ikowak said, “We cannot really say the number of the corps members who don’t want to participate in the election because they don’t write to us. They wrote to the NYSC, and then the NYSC wrote to us that in so and so areas there are corps members who said they will not participate because of threat to life. What we do in instances like this is to look at such areas and deploy INEC staff or staff of other federal agencies to go there and work in their place.”
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