Wednesday, April 13, 2022

INEC hosts AMAC on public perception – ITREALMS

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has held a methodology workshop of survey on public perception of polling units with voters in some parts of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), reports ITREALMS.

The workshop, ITREALMS gathered was held on Wednesday at The Electoral Institute (TEI) Virtual Library Abuja, for the polling units within zero to 50.

Welcoming participants, the Director-General of The Electoral Institute, Dr Sa'ad Umar Idris stressed the importance of the survey to the Commission.

He wondered “what are the reasons for the failure of registered voters, particularly the enlightened residents of AMAC, to move to the newly established polling units (Pus) even though the PUs were taken closer to their places of residence? How could the 0 - 50 registered voters PUs be better understood and managed? What type of voter engagement can we embark upon to explain to the populace the presence of new Pus?”

The DG equally urged participants to justify the confidence the Commission reposed in them by providing answers to the questions raised.

In his address, the Chairman, BEI, Prof. Zuru, challenged the Research and Development (R&D) staff to prove their worth as think-tank for the Commission.

He lamented that the Commission is disturbed that despite the creation of new polling units, voters in AMAC did not utilise opportunity given to them to move to the new PUs.

This, he said, necessitated the need for the survey.

“AMAC Survey is a litmus test for R&D to see if Commission would be able to rely on to provide answers to the above challenge and replicate same nation-wide,” he said.

ITREALMS further gathered that the workshop was attended by the Chairman, Board of the Electoral Institute (BEI), Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, Director-General of The Electoral Institute, Dr Sa'ad Umar Idris, Director, Research and Documentation, Dr Ibrahim Sani, Director Training, Dr Binta Kasim, Mr. Tunde Ojedokun Acting Administrative Secretary of the Institute, and Prof S.S. Mohammad, who served as the resource person for the workshop, among others.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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