The Main Reasons Elections won’t hold in 240 polling units have been revealed by INEC.
GoldenNewsNg gathered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has highlighted reasons elections will not hold in some polling units across states of the federation and FCT.
The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu had during a meeting with the national leaders of political parties in Abuja on Monday said the elections won’t hold in 240 polling units.
Below are the four reasons the elections won’t hold in the concerned polling units according to the INEC boss.
1. No new registered voters in the affected PUs
According to the INEC Chairman, the affected polling units do not have new registered voters, adding that no voter also transferred to those polling units.
“No new registrants chose the polling units and no voters indicated interest to transfer to them during the last Continuous Voter Registration mainly for security reasons. This means that no elections will hold in these polling units,’’ Yakubu said.
2. New number of polling units
The INEC chairman said the 2023 general election will now only hold in 176,606 polling units instead of the initial 176,846.
3. Expanded polling units
Yakubu also explained that in 2021, INEC expanded the number of polling units from 119,973 to the current figure of 176,846, noting that they are currently redistributing voters to the polling units in order to avoid the congestion.
“This requires the redistribution of voters to new polling units in proximate locations. Where they are separated by distance, this must be done after consultation with the voters.
“This has been done by our state offices nationwide. However, there are 240 polling units without registered voters spread across 28 States and the FCT.
4. Know your polling unit
The INEC Chairman also urged voters to confirm the locations of their polling units through a dedicated portal on its website, adding that all voters who have been assigned to new polling units will receive text messages from the commission indicating their polling units.
He said, “We have also compiled the register of such voters and our state offices will give it wide publicity, especially for those who may not have provided their telephone numbers during voter registration or those whose numbers may have changed.’’
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