INEC organises workshop for electoral officers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kebbi State has organised a one-day workshop for the Electoral Officers and Assistant Electoral Officers across the 21 LGs in the state.

In his opening speech the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barrister Ahmed Bello Mahmud, explained that the purpose of the workshop was to acquaint the Electoral Officers and their Assistants with modern technology to be deployed in the next electoral activities in the next two years.

Mahmud pointed out that access to polling units and the movement of polling points are currently going on, adding that in the next few days the Commission will conclude the consultation phase and release clear guidelines for the movement of voting point to decongest the existing ones.

He stated that the conduct of continuously voter registration exercise using an improved enrollment device is a top priority for the commission, adding that all polling units will have a lower threshold of 750 voters and an upper threshold of 1000 voters.

A new legal framework, according to him, is to usher in a new electoral framework that will give legal backing to new and recently introduced innovations in the conduct of elections.

The INEC boss told participants that to give life and meaning to these innovations, the Electoral Officers and their Assistants will play a commanding role at the Local Government levels, pointing out that as Electoral Officers, “you will be required to communicate these changes to the Nigeria people.”

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