The Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun State said it has created additional 1,832 polling units as part of its voter access expansion.
With this, DAILY POST reports that Ogun, which hitherto had 3,210 polling units, will now have a total of 5,042 polling units.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Abdulganiy Raji disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting held in Abeokuta on Monday.
Raji said it was expedient to create additional polling units because of the declining voter access to voting centres in the state.
The Ogun REC described the exercise as “long overdue”, explaining that difficulty in accessing location of polling units, distance and the emergence of new settlements or estates had forced the commission to create new polling units.
According to him, all these had contributed to low voter turnout during elections, violation of election regulations and guidelines, violence and insecurity.
Raji said INEC had at a meeting on April 20th deliberated over the subject and approved the lower and upper thresholds for voting points to 500 and 750 voters respectively.
“On the basis of this, additional 1,832 polling units were marked for creation from existing polling units within the threshold. This brings the number of units in Ogun state from the existing 3,210 to 5,042,” he said.
He disclosed that INEC will commence the continuous voters registration exercise on Monday, June 28, 2021.
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