- INEC expressed its intention to create more polling units in the country ahead of the country's next election
- In light of this, the chairman of the electoral commission held a meeting with the leaders of various political parties
- Discussions of additional polling units were held on Friday, February 5, at INEC headquarters
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), held a meeting with the chairmen and secretaries of political parties on the creation of more polling units.
In a report by Channels TV, the meeting held at the INEC headquarters on Friday, February 5, is the commission's first engagement with party leaders aimed at enhancing voters’ access to PU.
The electoral commission also confirmed the meeting in Abuja, the nation's capital in a series of tweets.
According to the INEC boss, the last time polling units were created in Nigeria was 25 years ago.
While proposing the creation of more polling units, Professor Yakubu said he is of the opinion that the inadequate number has contributed to voter apathy and dwindling turnout.
Nigeria has maintained 119,973 polling units since 1996 when the country had about fifty million registered voters.
The meeting is coming after the electoral commission said that more polling units will soon be created.
The commission is planning to engage stakeholders on the planned expansion of voter access to the PUs.
Youth Party sends letter of intent to INEC
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as preparations begin for the battle to claim the presidential seat in the 2023 election, the leadership of a new political party made up of young Nigerians has indicated an interest to partake in the poll.
The group, the Nigeria Youths Democratic Party (NYPD) on Tuesday, February 2, submitted the said letter to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.
The national chairman of NYPD, Barry Johnson, called on Nigerian youths to join in the process that will bring about a new set of innovative leaders who take the nation to greater heights.