From TONY OSAUZO, Benin
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced yesterday that three members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who served as ad hoc staff during the April 11 House of Assembly elections, had been arrested for allegedly selling ballot papers and other sensitive materials in Edo State.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini, who disclosed this in Benin while reviewing the conduct of the election, said the ad hoc staff allegedly sold two packets of ballot papers for N40,000.
Besides, he said two staff of the commission who could not account for election materials given to them were suspended, adding that investigations had commenced to determine the culpability of the duo.
“The ongoing investigation is to 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,” Igini said.”