Adjust To New Reforms, INEC urges Staff

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) urged its staff in the Department of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP) to quickly adjust to the ongoing reforms in the commission.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, stated this on Thursday in Lokoja, while addressing participants at a three-day workshop on validation of INEC voter education manual.

He said that the needed to adjust so as to be in position to communicate the changes to Nigerians.

“There is the need you to a full grasp of the changes, internalise them and develop capacities to understand its intricacies.

“You must understand the and its peculiarities, and design communication that are simple, creative, effective, forward-looking and targeted at the large and growing that is adept in modern technology,” he said.

The News of Nigeria (NAN) reports the workshop is being organised in partnership with International Federation Electoral System (IFES).

In his remarks, INEC’s Director of Voter Education, Mr Nick Dajang, said that the workshop was aimed at reviewing the voter education manual, which, he said, was last reviewed in 2006.

He said that the workshop would afford the participants the opportunity of making inputs into the manual, stressing that the ultimate aim was to enable them own the document.

Dajang said that the review was to accommodate the changes that had taken place in the media sector, especially the social media.

At the of the workshop, he said that participants, who are Heads of VEP in INEC offices in the 19 northern states, were to use the social media to communicate with Nigerians on electoral process, among others.

The Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof. James Apam, urged participants to take advantage of the workshop to broaden their knowledge and get prepared off-season elections, holding this year and in 2022.

In his speech, the IFES Representative, Mr Seray Jah, who was represented by Mr Simon Fato, described the workshop as timely and necessary, especially with the approach of the 2003 general elections. (NAN)