INEC trains supervisory polling officers ahead Ekiti-East by-election

Electoral commission officers count votes at Shagari Health Unit polling station in Yola, Adamawa State on February 23, 2019 after the polls were closed during the day of the General elections. - Nigeria began counting votes in presidential elections, even as many people had yet to even cast their ballot because of delays in the opening of polling units and problems with staffing and technology. Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last week announced a one-week delay to the election, just hours before it was due to get under way. The presidential contest will see incumbent Muhammadu Buhari (APC) seek to win a second four-year term against former vice president Atiku Abubakar (PDP). (Photo by CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP) (Photo credit should read CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/Getty Images)

By Emmanuel Oloniruha
Abuja, March 4, 2021 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced training of Supervisory Polling Officers (SPOs) in preparation for Ekiti East constituency by-election, scheduled for March 20.

Mr Nick Dazang, Director, Voter Education and Publicity, in the INEC bulletin issued on Thursday in Abuja, said the training was on polling and counting procedures for the elections

Dazang said the two days training was organised by The Electoral Institute (TEI), a research arm of the commission.

According to him, the objective is that at the end of the training, participants should demonstrate the ability to organise and conduct training on polling and counting for Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs).

He said that it was also to ensure that the trained officers effectively perform the electoral functions of SPOs in line with laws and regulations.

Dazang said the functions include the First Supplementary Guidelines and Regulations to Elections and the INEC Policy on Conducting Elections in the context of COVID -19 pandemic.

He quoted the TEI Director- General, Dr Sa’ad Idris, as advising the participants to be nonpartisan in the discharge of their duties.

Idris, according to him, further urged participants to ask questions where necessary, highlighting the importance of the programme to ensure quality step down of the training for POs and APOs

Highlights of the training include the Voters Code of Conduct for Elections during the COVID-19 Pandemic and mock practice of the “Revised Accreditation Process’’ which involves the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCRs) for accreditation of voters.

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