Chairman of Board Electoral Institute (BEI) Mr. Solomon Soyebi has revealed that the Independent National Electoral Commission will train over 1million electoral staff and ad-hoc personnel for the conduct of the 2019 general election.

Soyebi made this known during a training workshop for State Training and Assistant State Training Officers in Cascade Training Implementation for 2019 election on Monday, January 7, 2019 in Calabar.

Speaking during the workshop which was organised by INEC in collaboration with the International Foundation of Electoral System (IFES) Soyebi explained that 850,000 electoral personnel would be trained as polling unit officials.

He also noted that150, 000 would consist of Civil Society Organisations and officials of security agencies officials. ‘‘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.

In his words; ‘‘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.

“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.

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