INEC unveils 56,872 more polling units across Nigeria

…Announces dates for Ekiti, Osun gubernatorial elections
…Says it’s ready for June 19 Kaduna by-election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has announced the addition of 56,872 more polling units in various parts of the country.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who made the announcement yesterday at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, noted that the move was in line with the resolve to expand voters’ access to polling units.

Prof. Yakubu disclosed that INEC has also made efforts to relocate many polling units from inappropriate places to public buildings accessible to voters, polling agents, observers, and the media during elections.

He listed some of the locations to include private residences and properties, palaces of traditional rulers, and places of worship.

The INEC Chairman attributed the establishment of voting points and voting point settlements across the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to the several unsuccessful attempts to create additional polling units.

The Electoral Commission also announced dates for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

“In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections 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”, he said.

Yakubu appealed for rancour-free primaries and peaceful electioneering campaigns, noting that the timetable and schedule of activities for both elections can be found on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

The INEC also announced that it is ready to hold the by-election for the seat of the Sabon Gari constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

The Commission’s State’s Acting Resident Election Commissioner (REC), Awwal Mashi, gave this assurance at a stakeholder meeting Tuesday, in Kaduna.

Mashi explained that the by-election, scheduled for June 19, followed the declared vacancy for the seat of Aminu Shagali, the member representing Sabon Gari constituency in the State’s House of Assembly.

Mashi added that “the smart card reader will be used during the elections”, noting that “the use of the card reader has had a positive impact on the conduct of elections in Nigeria.

“Anyone attempting to seize the ballot boxes would do so at their own risk, as the security apparatus would be fully on hand to remedy any violation of the law”, he warned.

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