Polling Units In Anambra Increases To 5720 As INEC Unveils New Units

Nigeria presently has one hundred and seventy-six thousand, eight hundred and forty-six Polling Units following the formal unveiling of new Polling Units.

The National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners and unveiling of the polling units proper at Abuja.

Ekwi Ajide of our Abuja bureau reports that out of this number, Anambra State now has five thousand, seven hundred and twenty Polling Units.

According to Professor Yakubu, this expansion is coming twenty-five years after the first Polling Units were created, hence their adequacy and accessibility in terms of number and location across the country had to be addressed to ensure credible elections.


He said the commission also made efforts to relocate many Polling Units from inappropriate places such as private residences and properties, palaces of traditional rulers and places of worship to public buildings that will be accessible to voters, polling agents, observers and the media during elections.

Professor Yakubu noted that two hundred and twenty-two polling units were removed from private properties, one hundred and forty-five from palaces; six from Mosques, while twenty-one were removed from Churches and nine from Shrines.

He thanked various agencies, bodies and organizations and revealed that beginning with Anambra State governorship election on November sixth, 2021, there will be no Voting Points any more in Nigeria.

Professor Yakubu also announced that the commission has approved June eighteenth 2022 and July, sixteenth 2022 for Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections respectively and implored political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and peaceful electioneering campaigns.

In an interview with the ABS, the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner, Nkwachukwu Orji, said in spite of the arson attack on INEC facilities in the state, they are ready to conduct a free and fair election.

He advised Ndi Anambra to be mindful of the fact that only peace can guarantee the election of a credible candidate.

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