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INEC to create 956 additional polling units in Sokoto

Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and president of Electoral Information and Education, told reporters on Sunday in Kaduna that the review would allow the Commission to determine areas that require legislative action before the 2023 elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) plans to create 956 additional electoral units in Sokoto state.

INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye made the revelation during a stakeholder meeting on the conversion of voting units on Tuesday in Sokoto.

Okoye said the conversion would adjust the number of voting units from 3,035 to 3,991, with a total of 1,903,166 registered voters.

He said the nationwide expansion of voting units was aimed at ensuring a smooth and simple voting process in the country.

Okoye added that the adjustment was a consequence of population growth and the need to decongest overcrowded polling stations.

According to him, INEC officials have always faced enormous challenges in controlling overcrowded polling stations.

He noted that the situation had led to violence, depriving eligible voters of the right to vote, extension of time, and other associated challenges.

Okoye also said that electoral units located in religious places, private residences and other personal structures should be relocated to designated government structures.

“Relocation of electoral units means moving electoral units from inappropriate locations to suitable locations with the goal of creating an enabling environment for both constituencies and election officials.

“The efforts have started a long time ago and different stakeholders, from the grassroots to the Presidency, have been involved in the process,” Okoye said.

According to him, the exercise, which will conclude on May 11, will facilitate access to voting units.

He also spoke about INEC’s efforts to implement information technology tools to lubricate the electoral system through improved digitized platforms.

He said political parties will receive codes to register their candidates online after the primaries.

Okoye added that eligible voters can use the platforms to begin voter card registration with their Android phones and complete the process at registration points by providing thumb and photo IDs.

He explained that the process also covered areas such as transfer of voting points, access and monitoring of electoral results and others.

Earlier, the Resident Election Commissioner, Sokoto State, Mr. Sadiq Muhammad, asked for the public’s support to ensure the success of the exercise.

He assured that the objective of the process was to improve the voting system and process in the country.

Journalists report that the event was attended by presidents of political parties, community, youth and women’s groups, heads of law enforcement agencies, local government election officials, and journalists.

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