EC Officials undergo training in Election Administration in Tamale

Tamale As part of plans to entrench its neutrality and assume full control of the forthcoming 2020 general election and future ones, the Electoral Commission (EC) is organising a nationwide election administration training for its newly recruited officials throughout the country.

The training programme, which is simultaneously on-going in the Eastern, Ashanti and Northern regions is expected to orient them on new officials on the activities of the EC, including; the nitty-gritty of the electoral processes, laws and rules governing elections, and electoral officers roles.

Other areas for deliberation would include; political party roles, polling station organisation ethics, the conduct and conditions of various voters, political party representatives and agents, local and international observer groups among others.

Mr Lucas Yelyire, Acting Northern Regional Director of the EC who spoke to the media at the commencement of the training, indicated that the training programme was to give basic orientation to new officers engaged by the Commission to prepare them adequately for the EC job and to firm them for next year’s general electioneering activities.

According to him, there were distinctive roles for the EC, including; its constitutional mandate, which the new officials must be oriented on to give them the base for which they would be assigned to discharge their duties, and said it was expected that the EC officials would be conversant with their roles and discharged them with the utmost responsibility as assigned them.

He said the officers would be trained from various models of the Commission’s training manual including; election management bodies, the electoral process, stakeholder roles, the concept and practice of free and fair election, and the work environment of the EC officer among others.

The Acting Director said the training programme was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and supported by the Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA).

He said having received the basic theoretical training, the new recruits some of who would head districts and others assist senior EC officers, would have the confidence and experience to handle electoral issues and official assignments.

The new officers, he said would have known how elections were conducted, including; the creation of polls and demarcations at the end of the training and urged them to commit attention to the training to realise the benefits.

He indicated that 41 participants randomly selected from all parts of the country are attending the Tamale session, and said similar activities were on-going in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions, which caps the nationwide exercise.

Source: Ghana News Agency