Three members of the National Youth Service Corps who served as adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the April 11 House of Assembly elections have been arrested for allegedly selling ballot papers and other sensitive materials.
Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, who disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin while reviewing the 2015 polls said 15,000 workers were used for the conduct of the elections.
Igini said the three NYSC members sold the electoral materials which included two packets of ballot papers for N40,000.
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.
According to him, “The ongoing investigations is to determined 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 said
While describing their offences as severe, Igini said they would be dealt with ruthlessly if found culpable.
Source: Daily Independent