Why we in­sist on ap­ti­tude test for nom­i­nees-Okon

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From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State, Nt­u­fam John Okon, has ex­plained why the party and the state gov­ern­ment in­sist that those to be ap­pointed com­mis­sion­ers and spe­cial ad­vis­ers must un­dergo ap­ti­tude test.

Speakingontheachieve­ments of the gover­nor, yesterday, at the party’s sec­re­tar­iat in Cal­abar, Okon said that the would-be com­mis­sion­ers must un­dergo the test to be fa­cil­i­tated by univer­sity lec­tur­ers and lawyers in or­der to as­cer­tain their level of tech­no­log­i­cal knowl­edge.

He said the test will also find out whether they have good tem­per­a­ment, can give good ac­count of them­selves in public and have bet­ter hu­man re­la­tions.

On when the list of com­mis­sion­ers would be out, he said they were still work­ing in con­junc­tion with the state lead­er­ship so as to se­lect com­pe­tent in­di­vid­u­als from across the state.

He said that in the ab­sence of com­mis­sion­ers, the gover­nor was work­ing closely with the House of Assem­bly.

PHOTO: NAN

From left: Chief of Party, Elec­toral Em­pow­er­ment of Civil So­ci­ety Pro­ject, Mr Jasper Veen; rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the po­lice on elec­toral re­form com­mit­tee, Asst. Su­per­in­ten­dent Andy Onye; Chair­man of the oc­ca­sion, Sen. Ken Nna­mani, and for­mer INEC Na­tional Com­mis­sioner, Prof. Lai Olurode, at the ‘Post 2015 Elec­toral Re­form Sym­po­sium’ in Abuja on Tues­day.

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