The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, 31st October, said it would take courageous decisions on the creation of additional polling units across Nigeria in the first quarter of 2020.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, said that the commission would consult critical stakeholders and take bold steps and decisions on the creation of additional polling units and alterations and or adjustment of constituencies.
He added that the commission could no longer continue with the ad hoc procedure of creating Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements. The current arrangements of voting points according to him are stop-gap measures to ease the voting process and create opportunities for people in new settlements not covered by previous polling units. The commission would also work in collaboration with the National Assembly and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation in effecting reforms to the electoral legal framework.
He then urges Nigerians to have faith in the electoral process and work towards democratic consolidation, that at the conclusion of the 2019 general elections, aggrieved parties and candidates filed and served the commission with 807 petitions.
Okoye speaking on the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections, asked all political parties, their candidates and all the major stakeholders in the election to respect and protect the right of the registered voters to free choice, that voters must be allowed to go to the polling units unmolested, without fear, without intimidation and without being harmed.
Okoye also urged all categories of ad hoc staff, including Collation and Returning Officers to pay close attention to their trainers
He said the commission has banned some ad hoc staff who abused the trust reposed in them during the 2019 general elections.