Lafia – Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the commission had commenced the training of over 2,000 staff nationwide ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Jega made this known in Lafia on Tuesday at a one-day interactive session for electoral and other senior officers of the commission drawn from Nasarawa, Kogi and Plateau.
Represented by Mr Ahmed Makama, the Nasarawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Jega said the workshop was part of the process to produce the 2012- 2016 strategic plan for the commission.
“It is hoped that by the end of the interactive sessions, nearly 2,000 of our staff nationwide would have participated in the process that will eventually lead to the production of our strategic plan.
He said that all members of staff of the commission were expected to be involved in the process and implementation of the plan by contributing their quotas toward the success of the project.
Jega explained that the idea was to ensure that the required manpower and capacity building would have been put in place before and after the general elections.
The INEC chairman said that the interactive session would afford the participants the opportunity to discuss and suggest ways and key actions that would help in the attainment of the strategic plan for 2012- 2016.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Nasarawa State REC, said that the commission created the forum to enable it collate inputs from its field officers and key it into the strategic plan.
Makama maintained that through the forum, the commission would be able to assess its weaknesses from previous experiences, examine areas of strength, opportunities and threats and fine tune modalities for future elections in the country. (NAN)