The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC), on Tuesday in Gombe, commenced a 3-day training workshop for its filed officers in the North East.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the INEC staff and other participants were drawn from Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi State and Yobe.
In his address of welcome, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Gombe State, said the workshop was necessary as it would provide guide for delimitation of election units in the zone.
Ibrahim said the training was meant for the additional field officers for the upcoming Registration Area (RA) and Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) Project in the zone.
The REC said the project would facilitate the identification of where the polling units would be located as well as the delineation of registration area boundaries.
He emphasised that the essence of the workshop was to expose the trainees to fieldwork and spatial data management.
“The workshop is expected to acquaint the trainees on the RA/ED project, processes, methodology, tools and personnel and train them on how to carry out a comprehensive registration area boundary description and composition.
“Also, they would be trained on the registration area boundary sketching. All these are aimed at exposing the trainees to fieldwork and spatial data management,’’ he said.
Ibrahim said that INEC had been collaborating with NPC to train field officers since 2014, adding that 1,137 RAs in about 103 local government areas had been covered in four years.
“This workshop is expected to form an integral basis and guide for the delimitation exercise, whenever it comes up. The exercise would also help the commission to handle mapping challenges.
“The RA/EAD project would facilitate the identification of where polling units would be located and how to delineate Registration Areas boundaries.
‘‘The team of cartographers present for the training would help out in that regard,’’ he said.
Declaring the workshop open, AVM Ahmed Mu’azu (rtd.), National Commissioner INEC in-charge of Adamawa, Taraba and Borno, charged the trainees to take it seriously to make positive impact on the commission.