INEC Set To Put Polling Units In Hospitals, Courts

INEC
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded plans to bring polling units in overcrowded areas closer to the people, particularly to public places like schools, courts and hospitals ahead of the 2023 general elections.
  • INEC added that the polling units in private residences will also be relocated to public spaces.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded plans to bring polling units in overcrowded areas closer to the people, particularly to public places like schools, courts and hospitals ahead of the 2023 general elections.

While admitting that availability and access to polling units had been dwindling over the years, INEC said existing units in overcrowded places were prone to violence.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made this known during the training of the commission’s heads (Electoral Operations) on the implementation of voter access to polling units in Abuja on Friday.

“We are not doing Continuous Voters Registration at the moment; this is because Nigerians have agreed and we have agreed that our polling units must be expanded.

“Our polling units, due to their configuration, are overcrowded and prone to violence. We want to move such polling units to public places like schools, courts, and maybe hospitals,” Okoye said.

He added that the polling units in private residences will also be relocated to public spaces, saying, “We will relocate such polling units and check for underserved areas and take them there.

INEC

“New registrant for their Continuous Voter Registration will be taken to the new polling units.

“This will create room for social distancing; security men will also manage the election well. We don’t want Nigerians to suffer during elections. We want Nigerians to have a good voting experience.

“We also want a situation where presiding officers and observers will have spaces to do their job, and we want to complete this process as soon as possible,” he added.

On his part, the INEC National Commissioner (Operations), Prof.  Okechukwu Ibeano, said the commission failed in its previous attempts because the initiative was politicised by stakeholders.

While blaming poor communication on the aborted attempts, he however said INEC “is now more systematic to handle it.”

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

FG Flags Off Haulage Services On Itakpe-Warri Rail Line

“It Has To Do With NIN” – Pantami Speaks On Alleged Terrorism Links

EKO HOT BLOG

Facebook Comments

Advertise or Publish a Story on EkoHot Blog:

Kindly contact us at ekohotblog@gmail.com. Breaking stories should be sent to the above email and substantiated with pictorial evidence.

Citizen journalists will receive a token as data incentive.

Call or Whatsapp: 0803 561 7233, 0703 414 5611