The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it plans create new Polling Units in the country ahead of 2023 general elections.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said this at a stakeholders meeting with political parties’ leaders in Abuja, stressing that expanding voters access to polling units in Nigeria was crucial to voters turnout in elections. Yakubu said experience had shown that enhancing voters access to polling units usually increase turnout in elections.
With the increase in voter population, emergence of new settlements, urbanisation, distance to existing polling units, difficult terrain and other factors, INEC said a constant review to give the voter a pleasant experience on election day becomes necessary.
INEC said the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, has made it more compulsory to decongest polling units to minimise overcrowding and reduce the long distances voters travel to vote.
The electoral body said, the last time new polling units were established was in 1996, by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON). INEC said there were 120,000 polling units to serve a projected population of about 50 million voters in Nigeria at that time.
INEC boss said the number of registered voters today is 84,004,084 and it is set to rise after we resume Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the 2023 General Election, thus creating more polling units becomes necessary for a successful election .