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  • Updated: May 10, 2021

INEC Creates 2,239 Additional Polling Units In Delta

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has created 2,239  new polling units in Delta State for the conduct of future elections.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Pastor Monday Udoh-Tom, disclosed this during a
stakeholders meeting on Monday in Asaba.

He said the exercise had become imperative to decongest the voting environment and allow every electorate to exercise their franchise under a conducive atmosphere.

The commissioner said that following the creation of the additional polling units, Delta state now has a total of 5,863 voting points spread across the 25 local government areas of the state.

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”Currently the number of polling units in the state is 3,624 and the preliminary numbers of the new polling units stands at 2,239.

”We have new settlements developing every day and some of the polling units were located in places where they were not supposed to be.

”For instance, some were located in shrines, religious houses, and even private residences.

”The idea of creating additional polling units is to make sure that such polling units are pulled out and located inaccessible places where voters can easily come out and cast their votes,” he said.

Udoh-Tom recalled that INEC had announced plans to expand voters' access to polling units through the conversion of voting points to polling units.

”To give effect to the pronouncement, the commission in Delta from April 11, mobilized to the field across all the 25 local government areas of the state to carry out this exercise.

He, therefore, assured the stakeholders that the commission would do all that is permissible in law to do justice to all.

Meanwhile, the representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and security agencies
commended INEC for the initiative and expressed hope that the initiative would help to improve subsequent elections in the country.

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On his part, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, commended INEC for the initiative and called for the creation of more polling units.

The speaker, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Ebenezer Okorodudu, said that creating  more polling units would  decongest voting centres.

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