INEC creates 56,872 new polling units

Prof. Mahmood Yakub

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has today said it has removed polling units from inappropriate places and worship centres across the country.

The commission’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja.

At the meeting, he unveiled the locations of newly created 56 thousand 872 Polling Units and also announced other electoral arrangements.

With the creation of the new Polling Units, Yakubu said, Nigeria now has 176 thousand 846 full-fledged polling units against its initial 119 thousand 974 Polling Units in 36 states of the federation and Abuja.

He pegged the total number of polling units removed from inappropriate places at 749.

The chairman said Nigeria would no longer use Voting Points.

Meanwhile, INEC has fixed date for the conduct of the 2022 governorship election in Osun State.

According to the commission’s statement which gave details of timetable and schedule of activities for Osun state governorship election, the election is fixed for July 16, 2022.

The timetable, signed by INEC Secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, said notice of elections and every other build up would begin on February 15, 2022.

She said that collection of forms for the election by political parties on INEC website would be on February 16, 2022, adding that February 16 to March 12, 2022 is fixed for political parties to conduct their primaries and resolve disputes that may arise from them.

The statement also listed March 25, 2022, as the date for the publication of personal particulars and April 8 as the last day for the withdrawal or replacement of candidates by political parties.

The tenure of the Governor of Osun State will expire on the 26th November 2022.