As part of strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative (SI4DEV) mandate to empower community leaders towards achieving an improved accountable and transparent electoral process in Nigeria.
With the above mandate refers, Strategy and Innovation for Development initiative partners, EMMANUELLA IKOMON and BEM TIMOTHY were at the INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSIONS HEAD-OFFICE MAKURDI, BENUE STATE to carry out INEC Strategic Capacity Development Needs Assessment Survey for ICT staff.
OBJECTIVES OF THE VISIT
i. Assess INEC information communication unit (SURVEY)
ii. Identify challenges affecting voter’s registration and
iii. Proffer solutions to identified challenges.
The SI4DEV team visited INEC head office Makurdi at 12 NOON.
The SI4DEV team could not visit Suswam Thank you Primary school, venue for the Makurdi township voter registration because; the registration process was on recess.
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE VISIT
The team stopped at the security post, where they introduced themselves with the introductory letter written with SI4DEV letter head. The team proceeded straight to the ICT department of the INEC head office for the continuation of the Needs Assessment Survey of the ICT staff. The team carried out the Needs assessment Survey on some of the ICT staff present by asking them the needed/required questions for onward submission real time online.
The only computer system which the team saw in the office was a single Zinox laptop for the staff present.
The team observed that, there was power outage.
The town needs more voters’ registration stations.
The office complex needs steady power supply.
The INEC HEAD OFFICE needs more manpower (looks like few staff were doing multi-functional duties)
More venues for voter’s registration must be opened to absorb the pressure of registering thousands.