By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been reminded that the planned recruitment of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members as ad-hoc staff for the 2011 general elections, though attractive, was not exactly the answer toÂ electoral malpractices in the country.
A former Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Anambra, Ekiti, Delta and Osun states, Mr.John O. Nwosu, who made the observation, told Vanguard in Owerri that engaging NYSC members was hardly a viable option as an answer to the pervasive malpractices that characterize elections in Nigeria.
Explaining his reservation for the engagement of corpers, Mr. Nwosu said they had no overriding personal stake outside perfunctory patriotic reasons which cannot withstand the allure of mouth-watering rewards.
It was the considered opinion of the former REC that the most potent stakes in eliminating electoral malpractices were job security and personnel freedom, which every regular and seriously employed person in Nigeria would not compromise.
â€œAgainst this background, Nigerian civil/public servants in regular employment in the category of lower senior management cadre (Grade Level 7) to upper senior management cadre (Grade Level 17) should constitute the catchment area,â€ Nwosu said.
He said that heads of departments should recommend who to recruit from within the system, stressing that those recruited should stake their careers and advancement prospects to the conduct of elections.