INEC Plans To Train Stakeholders For Peaceful Polls In 2019
INEC Plans To Train Stakeholders For Peaceful Polls In 2019 – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is looking at ways to improve the leadership skills of electoral stakeholders for peaceful elections.
It noted that the measure would enable the various stakeholders to identify, analyse, mitigate and manage electoral violence.
Speaking at a workshop organised by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) themed ‘Leadership and Conflict Management Skills’ for electoral stakeholders in Abuja, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, stated that the event was part of measures aimed at ensuring peaceful elections.
The commission noted that conflict could be brought about by several actors and compounded by several choices.
Represented by a national commissioner of INEC, Antonia Simbine, the chairman noted that conflict could arise from thugs of different identities and the differential distribution of resources and access to power.
Other sources of conflict, according to the chairman, include competing definitions of what is right, fair and just; competing interests, needs and wants; knowledge, values, perception and expectations; and structural conditions.
He said the commission, over time, realised that the cost of litigation arising from conflicts and their negative consequences contribute in no small measure to stifling the growth and consolidation of democracy, hence the creation of the Directorate of Alternative Conflict Resolution (ACR).