The National Commissioner in Charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Barrister Festus Okoye has charged participants at an INEC/IFES Voter Education Manual Review/Validation and Training of Trainers Workshop at Royal Birds Hotel, Akure, Ondo State to keep themselves abreast of the policies of the Commission for effective and efficient Voter education.
Barrister Okoye told the participants that the Commission was presently meeting with stakeholders with a view to getting their buy in for the intention of the Commission to expand Voter Access to Polling Units.
The National Commissioner who was represented by Mr. Nick Dazang, Director of Voter Education and Publicity exhorted the participants to gear up to keep with the pace of the Commission in its various critical programmes in 2021.
In his remarks, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ondo State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju identified adequate voter education as the only panacea for electoral infractions.
He charged the participants to intensify effective voter education drive to eliminate electoral infractions in our electoral process.
Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang represented by Director, Gender, Blessing Obidegwu noted that the Commission attaches high premium to the training and retraining of it’s staff for enhanced productivity.
The representative of the Country Director, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Simon Fantom who represented the Country Director of the agency, sponsors the workshop, expressed the delight of IFES to work with INEC. He described voter education as key to citizens proper appreciation of their roles in the electoral process.
Participants at the workshop were drawn from the Commission’s offices in the Southern States.