Observers to the forthcoming local government election in Plateau State have been called upon to be professional, objective, alert and to avoid partisanship.
The call was made during a training organised by Community Action for Popular Participation (CAAP), in partnership with Action Aid.
They were also urged against interference with electoral process even where they noticed any irregularities because their role was different from that of election monitors, who were often deployed to check and raise objections on the spot as they deemed fit.
Speaking at the event in Jos, the Plateau State capital, the Acting Executive Director of CAPP, Mr Nelson Ananze, said the training would equip the observers in a manner that their input would not only contribute to the success of the polls, but their report also serve as a valuable guide for subsequent elections in the state, the country and beyond.
Ananze said election observers had contributed to the successes of elections worldwide, pointing out that the training would instill in the participants, best practices in election observation and how it could be localized and domesticated in the forthcoming local government election.