INEC Begins Verification For New Polling Units

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has commenced a nationwide verification exercise of voting points to be converted to polling units across the country,

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this when he visited some of the voting points in the FCT and Nasarawa State.

The chairman explained that the verification exercise would guide the commission in the proposed conversion of voting points to polling units.

He said that so far 395 voting points were being converted to polling units in Karu Local Government in Nassarawa.

Professor Yakubu stressed that with the conversion there would be expanded access for voters, while congestion at polling units would be eliminated.

He gave assurance that the Continuous Voters Registration would commence on June 28 after the PUs conversion.

The INEC Chairman explained that voters would be given the opportunity to choose the location they wish as their new polling units.

He urged stakeholders and community leaders to support the commission in the ongoing verification exercise.

Some of the centers visited by the INEC Chairman include PUs located in Government Secondary School Life Camp, Apo Legislative Quarters, and Zone-D entrance gate Apo, in the FCT.

Others include the commission’s office in Mararaba, Karu Local Government office and Karu International market in Nasarawa State.

Also speaking with newsmen, the National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, said the visit was to ensure the fieldwork carried out by officers of the commission for the conversion exercise was accurate.

Haruna said at the end of the verification exercise, INEC would hold a stakeholders’ meeting on the progress the commission had made and also get their inputs.

Kayode Oyedare/Abuja

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