The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has created additional 57,023 voting spots ahead of the forthcoming elections in order to address huge numbers of electorates which now stand at 84million.
In view of this development, more voting points will emerge from the existing 119,973 polling units across the country. This development negates Prof. Mahmood Yakubu’s earlier statement that additional voting units won’t be created.
In his earlier statement, the INEC chairman said “On Polling Units, the Commission wishes to assure the media that there is no change in the number of polling units and voting points used for the 2015 general elections and 2016 Area Council elections in the FCT. Any insinuation that new Polling Units, voting points or voting points are being created by the Commission is utterly baseless and should be disregarded.”
The Chairman clarified his reasons for Change in decision, narrowing it down to an increase of registered voters by 15 million since the last general elections in 2015, which has militated against the old structure.