INEC of­fers as­sis­tance to AU, ECOWAS

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule By Balarabe Alka­s­sim

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) has said that it would soon sign a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with the African Union (AU) and the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States (ECOWAS) on tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to the two con­ti­nen­tal bod­ies.

INEC said the tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance would be of­fered to the two bod­ies The All Pro­gres­sives Congress C (APC) has said Pres­i­dent Good Good­luck Jonathan is ex­hibit­ing traits of an in­sen­si­tive i leader by re­turn­ing to cam­paig cam­paign barely 24 hours af­ter 75 Nige­ri­ans die died in a bomb blast in Abuja and 200 school girls were abduct ab­ducted in Borno.

The AP APC in a state­ment by its i in­terim na­tional pub­licit pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Al­haji Lai M Mo­hammed, said th the Pres­i­dent’s q quick re­turn to po­lit­i­cal ral­lies was rep­re­hen­si­ble and has shown that his visit to the scene of the Abuja blast was through its Elec­toral In­sti­tute.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Elec­toral In­sti­tute, Pro­fes­sor Abubakar Mo­moh, dis­closed this at a two-day Cer­ti­fied Train­ers work­shop or­ga­nized by TEI and In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion for Elec­toral Sys­tems (IFES) on Wed­nes­day in Abuja.

Mo­moh told par­tic­i­pants, who were drawn from dif­fer­ent de­part­ments of the com­mis­sion, that “the train­ing was the first in a se­ries aimed at putting ev­ery­one on the same page and en­sur­ing that there was a pool of trained and cer­ti­fied per­son­nel that could be called upon at any­time as train­ers to be de­ployed.”

INEC’s bul­letin re­ported that the in­sti­tute’s boss had re­it­er­ated “the com­mis­sion’s con­fi­dence in its ef­fort at build­ing ca­pac­ity and tech­ni­cal skills for staff to strengthen the elec­toral process thus far, as­sur­ing that Nigeria stood out in build­ing tech­ni­cal com­pe­ten­cies among elec­toral in­sti­tu­tions in West African coun­tries.”

Mo­moh added “when the MoU with the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions are even­tu­ally signed, cer­ti­fied train­ers could be de­ployed to any coun­try.”

IFES Coun­try Di­rec­tor, rep­re­sented by deputy Coun­try Di­rec­tor, Uloma M Osu­ala, while ap­pre­ci­at­ing the sup­port and co-oper­a­tion of INEC, said the train­ing was the be­gin­ning of sev­eral cour­ses IFES and TEI would be or­ga­niz­ing in a bid to en­sure that the elec­toral process was strength­ened.

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