The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with support, of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) started a five-day training for its staffs ahead of the 2019 general elections on Monday.
The National Commissioner, INEC, Mr Muhammed Haruna, declared the workshop open, saying the training was meant to sharpen and enhance skills and capacity of the staff to able to represent the commission effectively ahead of the task in 2019.
The INEC national commissioner acknowledged that the electoral body had a lot of challenge ahead in face of the advent of the Internet and the social media, being used to spread hate speeches and fake news.
He said, “We will equip the officers with skills and attitudes to effectively propagate the positive chances and activities of the Commission.”
He advised the officers to make use of the opportunity to prepare themselves ahead of the enormous, to make the upcoming elections freer, fairer and more credible than the previous elections.
Haruna commended all partners for their support for the Commission, with particular reference to ECES for its technical support.
In his remarks, Mr David Le notre, ECES’s Executive Director, said the workshop was in the context of component 1 of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN).
Le notre, represented by Mr Manji Wilson, ECES’s Electoral Administration Expert, said that at the end of the five-day workshop, the officers would have been imbued with the necessary skills to perform any given tasks.
He said that facilitators at the workshop would use as references elections in many parts of the World in a localised context for the clear understanding of the participants.