2019 Elections: INEC to Review Communication Policy

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By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Kaduna

Ahead of the next general election in 2019, the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) has commenced a comprehensive review of its public communication policy and strategy to enhance information dissemination and positive image perception.

The commission in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday kick-started a two-day workshop in Kaduna involving all INEC senior management staff across the country.

Speaking at the workshop, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the commission is seeking to identify areas of weakness and lapses with a view to correcting them in order to prepare itself adequately for the 2019 elections.

He said that though the current communication policy had served the commission, it is obvious that a review is necessary as the next general election draws near.

According to him, “Such periodic reviews of policies in the light of new developments are normal for any organisation. In the case of this policy, such a review is significant in order to achieve four objectives. First, is a comprehensive review of the policy to determine what worked and what needs to be fine-tuned in the light of the experience we have gathered in implementing the current policy since inception in 2015.”

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