Furtherance to its preparation for the council polls of December 12, the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) on Wednesday 18 November, organised a sensitisation programme for its electoral members to further broaden their knowledge on the conduct of successful local government election.
While speaking during the programme held at KOSIEC headquarters, the Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Mamman Nda Eri disclosed that the sensitisation was to better equip members for the task at hand.
He said the Commission would avail its electoral members of the latest Information needed, noting that the best result was desirable at the end of the exercise.
Hon. Eri urged members to avail themselves of the opportunity for the best performance, while tasking them on credible and acceptable polls at the end.
In his lecture, the Director of Planning and Research at the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr. Ikye Dodo Terlumum exposed the members to the various ways of identifying and curbing security and logistics challenges during election.
He advised the Commission on early release of materials to forestall any delay in the electoral process, noting that the riverine terrain and long distance of some LGAs from the state headquarters should be considered.
He also counseled the Commission members on dialoguing more with political party stakeholders, Electoral Officers and Returning Officers, whom he described as foot soldiers of council elections, to emerge successful.
Speaking on accountability, Terlumum advised the commission to follow appropriate guidelines for the release and retirement of funds, emphasising that due process should be followed.
He recommended that KOSIEC should not stay idle after the election of December 12, but commence on the preparation of future council elections in the state.
Hon. Alh. Yakubu Musa Chogudo,
Commissioner in charge of Media and Publicity, KOSIEC.