- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continues to improve the electoral system of the country
- Mahmood Yakubu recently revealed that additional units will be created before the next general elections
- Back in 2014, the commission suggested that more units be added but the idea wasn’t welcomed
Preparations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the next general elections seems to have begun.
Daily Trust reports that the commission plans to create more polling units across the country before 2023.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu the INEC chairman disclosed this on Thursday, February 6, in Abuja, after he received support equipment donated by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECEC).
Back in August 2014, the commission attempted to create an additional 30,027 Polling Units (PUs), with the north getting 21,615 and south 8,412 units. However, this led to an uproar and INEC was forced to dump the plan.
Yakubu while expressing his appreciation at the ceremony, said that the equipment will assist the commission in the area of delimitation of constituencies.
He further explained that INEC in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC) will be creating new polling units in order to cater to the voting needs of Nigeria’s population.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that on Monday, February 3, the INEC office in Orlu, Imo state was gutted by fire.
The fire was said to have started at about 6 am from a nearby bush around the INEC office in Orlu local government area of the state by some farmers and became uncontrollable as a result of the harmattan.
INEC's state spokesperson, Emmanuella Opara, confirming the incident, said the police was yet to ascertain the level of damage and the remote cause.
In other news, INEC has accused Nigerian politicians, security agencies and others as being the hindrance to free and fair elections in the country.
This was revealed by Rotimi Oyekanmi, on behalf of the commission's chairman at a parley with journalists in Lagos. The Guardian reports that Oyekanmi categorically mentioned politicians as one of the biggest problems faced by INEC in the course of elections.
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