Lawyer threatens to sue INEC for using corpers as ad hoc election workers

A Human Rights Lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has threatened to sue the Independent National electoral Commission over its use of the National Youth Service Corps members to conduct elections.

Ajulo, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja, said that the use of corps members by INEC was against the law.

Ajulo said he was against corps members being used to conduct elections, adding that the law setting up the Scheme frowned against it and must be stopped forthwith.

He said that he would sue the electoral umpire if it continues engaging corps members for elections.

The human rights lawyer said this against the backdrop of reported killings of corps members in some parts of the country during the February 23, presidential and National Assembly elections.

He decried the numbers of corps members who died during the exercise, adding that if those corps members were from those localities, they would not have been killed.

“If there is any areas you want me to advise, INEC is to stop using the NYSC members, particularly the youth corps members that do not even know the terrain.

“You can see the number of youth corps members that died and I believe if those corps members were from those localities, they would not have been murdered.’’

Ajulo said that INEC should find a way of getting ad hoc staff without engaging corps members, stressing that there were a lot of youths roaming the streets that could be trained and engaged.

“If actually INEC needs youths to help as ad hoc staff, nothing stops INEC from recruiting at the outset people within the locality.’’

According to him, the NYSC law did not support that corps members being used to conduct elections, while the law banned them from taking any jobs that has remuneration.

“Once you are in national service, you are not supposed to take any remuneration apart from allowance; so, INEC is violating the law.’’

Ajulo called on INEC to review that part of using corps members to conduct election.


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