The Acting Director-General of the Electoral Institute, Dr Sa’ad Idris Umar, has charged electoral officers for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State to handle assignments given to them with due diligence.
Dr Sa’ad who gave the charge at the commencement of the 5-day Train-the-Trainer workshop in Awka, said ‘the task of ensuring a transparent, credible, acceptable, free and fair election’ was ‘a responsibility the electoral officers share as officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’.
A statement by the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi noted the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), INEC Anambra State, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji urged the participants to ensure full participation and focus on the workshop contents.
The workshop which was put together by INEC in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and conducted under the auspices of the Electoral Institute (TEI), was geared towards enhancing the ability of the officers to deliver on the mandate of conducting free, fair and acceptable elections in Anambra State and beyond.
Also the statement said in continuation with stakeholder engagements ahead November 18, 2017 Anambra Governorship election, INEC organized a forum for social media operators, in Awka.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner Anambra state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji described the role of social media as crucial to real time information delivery service and urged the practitioners to display high sense of professionalism while reporting on electoral matters.
Resource persons at the forum, shared experiences on best social media practice, while the Commission’s major mobile App, the – myINEC app – was downloaded on participants’ mobile phones to demonstrate access to INEC websites.
Also in Akwa, the Commission interacted with youth groups as well as special session for the People living with disabilities (PWDs), in addition to Market Outreaches for women.