Violate electoral laws, go to jail — NYSC warns corps members

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned corps members willing to participate in the 2023 general elections to be neutral and apolitical.

Mrs Christy Uba, the Acting Director General of NYSC, said this while addressing corps members at the Mbaukwu/Umuawulu Permanent Orientation camp, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra on Saturday.

Uba witnessed the cultural carnival of the scheme organised for members of 2023 Batch C in Anambra.

The Ag DG said election duty was voluntary for corps members and those who wished to take part must eschew all forms of malpractice that could undermine the integrity of the poll or the reputation of the scheme.

She said the NYSC would not hesitate to surrender any corps member with a proven case of electoral malfeasance to the state to face the laws of the land.

“If you are to participate in the 2023 election, please note that it is an ad hoc assignment, you must be neutral and apolitical.

“Do not participate in a wrong manner, you are not a politician as corps members, you may be in future but for now, you are corps members.

“If you run foul of any electoral law, you are going to prison, NYSC can not cover you up, once they come for you stating that you ran foul of the law, we will surrender you to the state.

“Participation in the election is voluntary, it is optional, you have a choice to make but if you have decided to participate, make sure you take part in all the training and sensitisation so that you can understand your role and boundaries,” she said.