INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced training political party officials on the use of the redesigned INEC’s Candidate Nomination Portal ICNP, in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
Declaring open the four-day training workshop for officials of political parties on the use of the Candidate Nomination Portal which is one of the technological innovations introduced by the commission in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce physical interactions and automate its processes, Chairperson of the Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints Committee, LSC and CC, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, noted that the ICNP has been in use since the 2020 Edo and Ondo State Governorship elections.
According to her, new provisions in the Electoral Act, 2022, which made provision for several technological innovations has additionally given the commission a general discretion to apply technology as it sees fit, adding that the portal was recently redesigned to accommodate greater demands of a wider general election nomination process.
She said the training was of utmost importance to political parties as it will enlighten them on the guidelines for nomination of candidates and the new procedure of the ICNP bearing in mind that political parties will be submitting forms on the portal in respect of candidates they intend to sponsor for the various offices in 1499 constituencies in Nigeria.
While speaking on the expected outcome of the training, Mrs Agbamuche-Mbu, said that at the conclusion of the training, political parties would have gained extensive knowledge on the new nomination process for the 2023 general election, demonstrate practical knowledge on how to make submissions on the portal and be equipped with the approved guidelines for the nomination of candidates for elections.
ICT Director, Chidi Nwafor, in his welcome address, noted the important role of the participants, who he said, were responsible for uploading the nominations of candidates in the off-season elections since the introduction of the portal in 2020.