INEC creates polling units in Anambra state to 5,720

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The Independent Nation­al Electoral Commission (INEC) has created polling units in Anambra state from 4,608 to 5,720.

Dr, Nkwachukwu Orji, INEC Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner, revealed this on Monday in Awka during Stakeholders’ Forum on Expansion of Vot­er Access to Polling Units.

Orji explained that the expansion became neces­sary as the commission last expanded its polling units more than two decades ago.

“From INEC records, the existing polling units were created 25 years ago and some of them today are in locations where they no lon­ger promote healthy elector­al activities.

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“Some of the polling units are situated in front of shrines, some in private buildings and others in churches,” he said.

Orji, who said that INEC national headquarters began the process about two weeks ago, hinted that already ad­ditional 1,112 new polling units have been added to the existing 4,608 polling units in the state.

The INEC official said the expansion was targeted at en­hancing participation during elections, especially with the emergency of the novel Coro­navirus pandemic.

He also announced that the commission would com­mence the continuation of voters registration on June 28.

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