Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation (FES), has commenced a three-day Train-The-Trainer workshop on Security Design and Development for Training officers from the 36 states and FCT in Enugu.

This is as the commission announced take off of public enlightenment programmes on Radio in all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to boost voter education and Democratic principles and practices.

The workshop according to the commission, would provide participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver further training on security matters to staff of the Commission at states and Local Government levels.

The training organized by the electoral institute would also be extended to security agencies in-order to encourage professional conduct in dealing with election security and ensure voter safety before, during and after elections.

Harping on the importance of the radio programmes, INEC Acting Chairman , Prince Adedeji Solomon Soyebi said the Commission has approved the project with a view to promoting knowledge of sound democratic processes ahead 2019 general elections.

Prince Soyebi dropped the hint when he met heads of the commission’s Voter Education and Publicity Division from states and FCT recently in Ibadan, Oyo State, to review public enlightenment strategies and Radio programme implementation.

Soyebi emphasized that state offices should maximally utilize the radio programmes to satisfy voter needs through the provision of local but standardized contents.

Earlier in a remark, the Director, Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Organizations Liaison, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi cautioned against none utilization of effective skills on the programmes and charged officers to ensure the achievement of desired goals of the programme. He added that it was a pilot project which its success or otherwise could affect further decisions.

Source: Independent

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