Three members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who served as ad-hoc staff during the April 11 Governorship and House of Assembly election in Edo State have been arrested for allegedly selling ballot papers and other sensitive materials.
The Nation reports that the corpers were alleged to have sold the electoral materials for N40, 000.
The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, who disclosed this while reviewing the 2015 polls said 15,000 workers were used for the conduct of the elections.
Igini said the three corps members sold two packets of ballot papers.
He stated that two staff of the commission who could not account for election materials given to them were suspended.
The REC said investigations have commenced to determine the culpability of the two INEC staff in the incident.
“The ongoing investigations will determine whether their act was deliberate or out of sheer negligence.
“With respect to the NYSC members, they were given ballot papers of which they sold two packets and were nabbed,” he stated.
Igini, who described their offences as severe, said they would be dealt with ruthlessly.
It was earlier reported on April 12, that around 50 members of the National Youth Service Corps and 16 other adhoc staff of the electoral commission were released in Nasarawa state after been kidnapped during the governorship election in the state.