INEC Removes 749 Polling Units From Shrines, Other Inappropriate Locations

A total of 749 polling units have been relocated from inappropriate locations in various states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on

Wednesday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said, “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.”

Of the figure, we removed 232 from private properties, 145 from royal palaces, six from mosques, 21 from churches, and also nine from shrines.

The remaining 336 polling units, the INEC boss stated, were relocated for various reasons which included distance,

difficult terrain, congestion, communal conflict, new settlements, and general insecurity.

However, He Said

The history of creating and expanding polling units in Nigeria has been long and complex, stating that their

adequacy and accessibility, in terms of number and location across the country, were some of the challenges

that had to be addressed in the interest of credible elections.

Professor Yakubu, therefore, noted that INEC has converted the existing voting points and voting point settlements in various parts of the country to polling units.

As a result, he unveiled a total of 56,872 additional polling units, saying Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged polling units.

The INEC chairman attributed the establishment of voting points and voting point settlements to the several

unsuccessful attempts to create additional polling units.

He also announced the dates to conduct the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States, saying it was in line with

keeping with the commission’s policy of announcing the dates in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned.

“The commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday, June 18, 2022, while

the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday, July 16, 2022,” said Professor Yakubu.

By Victoria E.I

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