By Abdullahi Tukur
The European Center for Electoral process in collaboration with the Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission has trained Electoral and Returning officers from the twenty-one local government areas of kebbi state ahead of forth coming February Local Council Elections in the state.
Speaking on the training, the Deputy Project Coordinator, European Center for Electoral process, Manji Wilson, said the training aimed to build the capacity of the electoral officers who will, in turn, undertake the training to the polling staff such as the Supervising Presiding officers, Polling Clerks, and Polling Orderlies to tell them their expectations and what the guidelines and regulations for the elections are and also tell them certain penalties for committing certain offences.
He stressed the importance of local government elections to people which is the closest are of government.
The Executive Chairman, Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission, Muhammad Aliyu Mera, said the training was for the attainment of electoral credibility which will be exemplary to other states of Nigeria.
“The objective is that the people of Kebbi State should have the right to vote, to choose their Local Government Council representatives in an electoral environment of freedom and fairness as assured by the rule of law”.
Represented by the Commissioner in charge of Publicity and Voter Education, Mustapha Usman Kaoje, pointed out that elections their climes follow due process saying, elections in Nigeria has shown that it can be vulnerable to rigging and susceptible to a plethora of undesirable malpractices such as violence, ballot box snatching, and intimidation of voters and opponents.
Others according to him are, kidnapping of contestants, arson, bribing of electoral officers and security personnel, deliberate acts of sabotage to disorganize the electoral process, and other forms of lawlessness and negative excesses that affect electoral transparency and stable political arrangements.
He, therefore, called on the participants to be committed to their commitment, courage, and proven integrity to ensure the peaceful and successful conduct of the forth coming February elections.
Aliyu Mera, remainder the participants to ensure that, they study and become knowledgeable on the legal provisions in the agency’s guidelines for the Local Government Councils General Elections and others modus operandi.