Ahead of March 29 Assembly election IEC polling staff, others trained in URR

03/26/2012 03:10
Ahead of the March 29 National Assembly election, the polling staff of the Independent Electoral Commission, as well as party and independent agents in the Upper River Region on Sunday concluded a three-day intensive training organised for them by the electoral body.

 

The occasion was presided over by the overseeing IEC commissionerforCRR and URR, Alieu Momarr Njai.

Speaking at the occasion, Commissioner Njai described the training as very important and timely, noting that it came at a time when the election is just few days away. He then challenged beneficiaries to work diligently during election day in order to ensure successful and peaceful polls.

Njai posited that the polling staff are very critical in achieving a healthy electoral process, thus urging them to work assiduously since they have been chosen out of the lot to perform such a task.

The commissioner used the opportunity to inform the participants about the new ‘counting on the spot’ system introduced by the IEC, which he said will reduce the resources spent on transporting ballot boxes and also save time.

Njai went on to disclose that there are 18, 746 registered voters that are expected to cast their votes in the 31 polling stations in the Basse Constituency.

Challenging the participants to redouble their efforts and to work as a team in order to replicate what was observed in the past presidential election, Commissioner Njai enjoined them to take the training seriously and apply what was gained in it.

He finally advised them to go by the instruction given by the IEC, thus urging them to be proactive during the course of discharging their duties.

Also speaking at the training, the regional electoral officer in URR, Lamin J. Jadama joined Commissioner Njai in calling the beneficiaries to be hard working.

 

Author: by Alieu Ceesay in Basse, URR
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