EU, INEC train legal officers on litigations

PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and another national commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC’s presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17). 03311/16/6/2017/Hogan-Bassey/ BJO/NAN

The European Union (EU), through its European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have trained legal officers working with the electoral umpire on global best practices.

The ECES Nigeria Project Coordinator, Rudolf Elbling, in a goodwill message at the training programme in Lagos, on Thursday, said the programme was necessary because the conduct of election was a complex and sensitive task in all democracies.

“The conduct of this training, which seeks to boost the confidence of the legal officers and positively reposition them in handling of election petitions and frontloading of evidence, is therefore a step in the right direction.

“The legal officers have the primary responsibility of ensuring that elections and indeed other activities of the commission are conducted in a way consistent with existing laws through proper interpretation and application of the rules,” he said.