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After weeks of public outcry, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it was working on the possibility of reviewing the additional polling units allocated to the North.
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of the South-west geopolitical zone, Professor Lai Olurode, stated this while speaking with journalists in Osogbo, Osun State.
He said the commission was already collating opinions from stakeholders, adding that the commission would do the needful on the issue as soon as it completes its findings.
Olurode, who remarked that the creation of the new polling units was done with good intention, stated that it was done in order to make it easier for voters to cast their votes and avoid unnecessary waste of time at the polling centres during elections.
The INEC boss added that the decision was meant to decongest the existing polling units in the country.
According to him, “We are aware of the criticism on the creation of the 30,000 additional polling units. We don’t want anything that would tarnish our reputation.
The intention was good and it was meant to reduce the stress people go through during the election.”
He said: “We took the step when we realised that certain polling units had as much as 3,000 voters and we felt that it would amount to waste of time at the polling station on the day of election as a result of large number of voters in the polling cent res and the long queue.”
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