The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for more robust election security management as it prepares for 2023 general elections.
National Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of The Electoral Institute, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru disclosed this today in Nasarawa State during the opening of a three day workshop on the Integration of Election Security into the Curricular of Training Schools of Security Agencies.
Professor Zuru in his opening address said the Commission has been addressing security challenges in a more coordinated manner in recent elections.
He however said some of the security challenges the Commission has been addressing seem to be recurring in spite of the cascaded training given to security personnel on election duty.
He expressed hope that the Workshop is set to resolve this challenge by integrating election security into the curricular of training schools of security agencies who are members of the Interagency Consultative Committee on Election Security.
The Director General of The Electoral Institute Dr. Sa’ad Umar Idris in his welcome address described election security as vital to democratic consolidation and growth of the electoral process.
He said the reports on the conduct of security operatives during the General Elections and governorship elections have shown progressive and commendable improvement in their disposition to electoral training.
Empower Training Officials of Security Agencies with the requisite knowledge and ability to proficiently deliver training on election security matters.
Participants at the workshop were drawn from the police, the civil defence, the Department of State Services, the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Federal Fire Service and other security agencies respectively.