– There will soon be more polling units in Nigeria if INEC is to be believed
– Earlier plan to create new one had met stiff resistance because the north got majority of the units
– Meanwhile, the commission is prepared to meet stakeholders before it makes any concrete decision
More polling units will soon be created according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The units will be created across the country according to the national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, Daily Trust reports.
Recall that the commission had in August 2014 proposed to create additional 30, 027 polling units, with the northern region getting 21,615 while the southern region was to get 8,412 units.
The development led to controversy thus forcing INEC to jettison the plan.
However, the commission is planning is planning to engage stakeholders on the planned expansion of voter access to the PUs.
According to the lawmaker, Nigeria needs to learn from how the United States handled its November 3 general election which successfully brought in a fresh government.
INEC also revealed that it is planning to make the National Identification Number (NIN) a prerequisite for the voters’ registration exercise.
According to the electoral commission, this will help to tackle the problem of underage voting in some parts of the country.
One of the national commissioners at INEC whose name was not given made this disclosure, adding that the final decision would soon be reached and officially announced to the public.
The commissioner described NIN as “ideal” and what should be ordinarily used for voting exercise across the country.
According to Jega, the Nigerian leader has disappointed so many people, describing the performance of his administration as very disappointing.
The immediate past electoral commission boss who made the disclosure in an interview said the Buhari administration performed below the expectations of many Nigerians.