Preparations are in top gear for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 18, 2017.

As part of effort to ensure that the election is credible, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, will on Wednesday commence training for various categories of its officials.

The acting Director-General of The Electoral Institute (TEI), Sa’ad Umar Idris, said the training would commence on October 11 and end on November 15, in Awka.

Training of Electoral Officers/ Assistant Electoral Officers (Operations) would hold from October 11 to October 13 while that of Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) Admin and Cluster would take place from October 16 to October 20.

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Idris added that training of the officers would be done in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral systems (IFES).

“The purpose is to enable Electoral Officers and Assistant Electoral Officers (Ops) plan effectively for elections.

“It is also for Electoral Officers to identify activities with timelines for a successful conduct of the election.

“The training is equally meant to properly position the Electoral Officers/Assistant Electoral Officers (Operations) to enable them discharge ad-hoc staff training on polling and counting procedures effectively.

“Expected benefits to be derived from training the AEOs Admin and Cluster include the conduct of Train of Trainers (ToT) for participation, to enable them coordinate and conduct electoral training at their Local Government Areas,” Idris said in the statement.

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