INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. Image: NAN

The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) says it is training over 100 Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) staff in the South-East on Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC).

Declaring the workshop open on Thursday in Enugu, the Senior Legal Expert of ECES, Ms Maria-Teresa Mauro, said the aim of the EMSC workshop was to enshrine credible, free and fair elections.

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Mauro said that EMSC was an effective tool INEC required to manage field assets, resources, constituencies and a chain of electoral activities needed in the organization of elections.

According to her, it is also an innovative way to monitor electoral plans and implementation of electoral activities that could assist INEC in evaluating its readiness for an election and assist accordingly.

“The workshop goals include to provide better understanding of the EMSC concept, goals and objectives, ensure better understanding of timeliness, activities and reporting frequencies.

“To sensitize implementers on ESMC operational structure, roles and responsibilities in the management of state EMSC secretariat,’’ she said.

The ECES officer said it would also build capacity of implementers on the use of data collection and reporting tools, validation process and general usage of EMSC platform.

Mauro noted that the workshop would provide participants with requisite knowledge and sensitize them on their expected roles before, during and after elections, thereby laying a solid foundation towards the conduct of credible elections in 2019.