INEC Adds More Polling Units


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the addition of extra 56,872 polling units to the existing number country-wide. Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement in a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the figures released by the electoral body, Lagos state came tops with 13,325 polling units, followed by Kano with 11,222. Kaduna, Rivers, Oyo and Bauchi states have 8,012, 6,866, 6,390 5,423 respectively. INEC, according to Prof Mahmood, arrived at after due consultations with relevant stakeholders.
“After wide ranging consultations with stakeholders and fieldwork by our officials, the 56,872 Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements were converted and added to the existing 119,974 Polling Units.”
INEC also announced that the decision to create additional polling units came after over two decades of mulling over the issue following several unsuccessful attempts. In addition, INEC equally removed 749 polling units from what it termed “inappropriate locations” to more acceptable public facilities and open spaces in accordance with its policy that seeks to guarantee unfettered access to polling units by all voters.
“…the commission is glad to report that 25 years since the current Polling Units were created in 1996, the hard nut is finally and successfully cracked after several unsuccessful attempts. Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged polling units.
Similarly, after consultation with stakeholders, the Commission has successfully removed 749 Polling Units from inappropriate locations to appropriate public facilities or open spaces in line with our policy to guarantee unencumbered access to Polling Units for all voters.”
Prof Mahmood explained that though the new polling units will not be operational given that preparations for pending by-elections in Jigawa, Kaduna and Plateau states for reasons that preparations are already at advanced stages, they will however, be included in subsequent elections, beginning with the November 6 Governorship election in Anambra state.

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