By Nasiru Yusuf
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has trained over 200 desk officers on how to checkmate vote buying and other electoral offenses.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano Prof. Riskuwa Shehu disclosed this on Tuesday at a workshop organized for Desk officers in the commission’s offices across the local government areas of Northwest states.
The REC who spoke through the administrative secretary of the commission Muhammad Muhammad said the officers would also engage in the distribution of unclaimed permanent voters card in their respective offices.
He revealed that the desk offices were established in local government offices to mobilize voters through effective information dissemination system.
The commissioner observed that the “prior to 2015 general elections, we don’t have desk officers at the local government level, but the commission in its wisdom in conformity with its constitutional responsibility decided to establish this office at local government level”.
“The workshop is to train these people who would be our eyes at the local level. We assembled public relations officers at the state level to exchange ideas so that we will have well-informed voters in 2019.”
One of the participants at the workshop Garba Lawan pledged to put into practice what they learned.