Over one million electoral staff and ad-hoc personnel will be trained for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.
The Chairman, Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), Mr Solomon Soyebi, made the disclosure on Monday in Calabar during a training workshop for State Training Officers and Assistant State Training Officers on Cascade Training Implementation for 2019 elections.
The workshop was organised by INEC in collaboration with the International Foundation of Electoral System (IFES).
He said, ‘‘With just about 39 days to the first election and about 53 days to the second one, it is very important that we train our people adequately.
“For the poll officials, we are going to train over 850,000 personnel.
“When you aggregate the Civil Society Organisations and security officials, we will be talking of over one million personnel and each of them has to be trained.
“Today’s training is for the poll officials, who will go back to their states to transmit the training to the ad-hoc staff ahead of the election,’’ he said.
He added that for the first time, the institute was organising a training which would involve the inclusiveness of special groups like the people with disabilities.
“The commission is very friendly with People Living with Disabilities, not just that alone; we are gender sensitive.
‘‘We have special groups and the people with disability are part of them,’’ he added.