The Bayelsa State governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, has challenged corps members to ensure a credible, free and fair election ahead of the 2019 general elections, saying their roles as election officials are crucial to ensuring a credible poll.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who gave the charge at the NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp, Kaiama during the closing ceremony organised for 2018 Batch B Corps Members deployed to Bayelsa State for their one year national service, urged the Corps members to shun negative tendencies and follow strict guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor Dickson, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Special Services, Hon. Luka Obiri, advised the Corps members to take the assignment seriously as their roles as election officials are crucial to ensuring a credible, free and fair polls.
“You must therefore avoid all negative tendencies and follow strictly the guidelines for electoral officials as laid down by INEC so as to successfully deliver on your roles as umpires,” he said.
The governor also said that the services of the Corps members will be needed in areas of health care delivery, enlightenment, environmental sanitation, disease control, education and infrastructure among others and urged them to bring to bear their knowledge and skills for accelerated transformation and development of the rural communities.
While assuring their welfare and security, Dickson inspired them to be security conscious and to report to the relevant authority any health or security challenge in their host communities.
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