The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Edo state , has began a three-day training for all security agencies that would participate in the Sept. 19, election in the state.
Dr Jonathan Alalibo, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in Edo, who welcomed the participants to Benin, said the training had brought together all array of security agencies toward containing any breaches that could affect the election.
Alalibo said: “It is a well-known fact that Edo governorship election is scheduled to hold on Sept. 19.
“As we are aware, political campaigns have started and already the state is beginning to notice some sort of skirmishes that are quite antithetical to the core values of free, fair and credible elections.
Therefore, this training of security agencies is auspicious as it will expose the trainees to some fundamental issues bordering on securing the process and providing a secured environment for voters to exercise their franchise.
“Let me reiterate the fact that the conduct of the Edo governorship election is of serious concern to the commission.
The commission will provide a veritable opportunity to build on the incremental gains on the conduct of the security agencies since the 2019 general elections,” he said.
Alalibo thanked the commission for putting together the training which he hoped would sensitise the security agencies to their core mandate of providing a secured environment.
According to him, the training programme which begins on Aug. 5, will end on Aug. 7.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.