Corps Member caught changing results only made mistake, NYSC says

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By Ngozi Nwankwo

National Youths Service Corps, Management has said the
female Corps Member alleged to have manipulated election results in one of the polling units in Abakpa Ward in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State to favour one of the presidential candidates confessed it was done out of mistake.

The Scheme reiterated that it would not shield any Corps Member that is involved in electoral malpractice, but advised members of the public to be cautious in attributing wrong interpretations to Corps Members’ performances during elections without due diligence as unconfirmed and unverified information could be very misleading to members of the society.

Explaining further, it said, “To put the records straight, the Corps Member in question confessed that she was stressed out in the work and was very tired during the counting of ballots, she admitted making a wrong entry of election results and having discovered her mistakes, she quickly corrected herself by canceling the error and started imputing the results correctly.

“In the process, the electorates around her discovered the mistake and concluded that she was trying to manipulate the election results by recording the LP result for NNPP candidate. It is however on record that the Corps Member on her own observed the mistake and corrected it herself without anybody prompting her.

“The allegation that the Corps Member was induced and sponsored to act in that manner was baseless and unfounded. As a follow up on this, the Corps Member was made to write a report which she attached to the result sheet before submission.”