The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated that a total number of 15,000 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members are to participate in the July 14 Ekiti State governorship election.
The National Commissioner of INEC, Prince Adedeji Soyebi, disclosed this on Monday while featuring on Ekiti State Television (EKTV) programme, Daybreak Nigeria.
Soyebi said: “the deployment of 15,000 corps members is one of the measures put in place INEC to ensure fairness to all parties and the credibility of the exercise.”
He also stressed that the electoral agency was collaborating with security agencies to ensure safety of officials, voters and electoral materials to be used for the poll.
The INEC chief assured political parties and voters that the electoral umpire would be fair to all parties and would deliver an election in line with global best electoral practices.
He urged political parties taking part in the poll to submit the list of their agents in line with the time allowed by law.
According to him, any party that fails to submit the names of its agents on time would lose the privilege of being represented at the poll.
On possibility of electronic voting in Nigeria, Soyebi said, ”We are not definitely going to have it 2019 but we will get there very soon.”