WE ARE INTENSIFYING EFFORTS TO BALANCE VOTER DISTRIBUTION TO POLLING UNITS – PROF. YAKUBU
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has assured Nigerians that the Commission is intensifying efforts to decongest crowded Polling Units voters and assign voters to under populated polling across the country .
He assured that the issues relating to voter distribution to Polling Units will be addressed ahead of the end of tenure governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states, scheduled to hold on 18th June and 16th July, 2022, respectively.
The INEC Chairman gave the assurance at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), held at the INEC Headquarters, Abuja on Tuesday.
Prof. Yakubu who said that Finding a solution to this issue is one of the reasons for convening the meeting, observed that “last year, the Commission achieved the historic feat of expanding voter access to polling units nationwide.
According to him, the idea was to decongest the densely populated polling units “by converting the erstwhile Voting Points (VPs) and Voting Point Settlements (VPS) to Polling Units and relocating some of them to unserved and underserved areas to make it easier for voters on Election Day”.
He noted that “While this lofty goal has been achieved in many States, there are still congested Polling Units and other Polling Units with between 0 and 50 voters as we saw in some of the recent elections. Over the next few weeks, the Commission will intensify efforts to address the issue ahead of the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections and ultimately the 2023 General Election.
The INEC Chairman, while addressing RECs at the meeting disclosed that the Commission had decided to devolve the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise to the Ward level in both Ekiti and Osun states to enable more citizens register ahead of the governorship elections in the states.
Prof. Yakubu said “the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise which started in June last year is now in its 3rd Quarter. In view of the forthcoming elections, the Commission has decided to devolve the CVR exercise to Ward level in both Ekiti and Osun States to enable more citizens register”.
He hinted that similar steps will be taken on a nationwide scale to take the CVR closer to the people. The INEC Chairman said “ Similarly, in order to provide more eligible voters with the opportunity to register, the Commission is considering the devolution of the exercise nationwide beyond our State and Local Government offices where the registration currently takes place”.