Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has generated added 1,235 polling units in Imo, bringing the entire amount of polling units from the country to 4,758.The country INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Francis Ezeonu made this known while briefing newsmen about the commission’s attempts to expand voter accessibility to polling units on Wednesday at Owerri. Ezeonu said over time, there had been efforts by the commission to make extra polling units to appeal to the attention in new settlements and regions with unmanageable voter inhabitants. He clarified that in 2011, the commission chose to make voting points and voting settlements to deal with the dilemma of overcrowding throughout the election and fresh resolutions not served with present polling units. Ezeonu stated the 1,235 polling units were made by converting existing unemployment points and unemployment point settlements into complete polling units.
He stated the commission also surged, where necessary, existing or new polling units to areas where they had been more accessible to both voters and unserved areas. He explained INEC equally decongested present polling units by lowering the amount of voters per polling unit. The INEC REC reported the extra polling units were in accordance with the anticipation of this law that provided that “that the Commission set the adequate number of polling units in every Registration region and allot voters to these polling units “Based on him, INEC ran five general elections with the identical group and quantity of polling units created from the defunct National Electoral Commission in 1996 and utilized in 1999.Ezeonu stated the commission will continue to enhance the standard of access to electoral services supplied to voters by ensuring greater access to polling units for individuals with disabilities. The commission has also determined to enhance the health and security requirements at polling units throughout elections so as to abide by COVID-19 protocols in addition to address decreasing voter turnout at elections because of insufficient accessibility to polling units,” he explained. Ezeonu explained that the commission had been project a confirmation exercise and it’d compile the brand new polling units, release their names and delineation information prior to the resumption of nationally Constant Voter Registration (CVR) in June.