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INEC chair under fire for new polling units

22 September 2014, 09:04Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) has called for the immediate dismissal of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Atahiru Jega, over alleged plans to give the north an upper hand through the creation of new polling units.

The group's President,Udo Udeogaranya, said the newly created election polling units, which were mostly concentrated in the northern part of the country, were capable of plunging the nation into another political crisis.

Udo alleged that Jega, whose office could not be reached for comment,  in his creation of new polling units policy, was attempting to give the region a far more polling units than its voting population.

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"This is so that the Northern politicians can exaggerate their voting results to tantamount with the voting strength of this new polling units that Prof. Jega is blindly attempting to give to them, so that the North that has already been deserted by insurgency can have the power to determine who becomes president against the South with exponential increase in numbers as many northerners are relocating to the South," he said.

He said that the Ndigbo would resist "this new unwarranted policy of electoral fraud that is totally undemocratic."

It was earlier reported some individuals had approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, with a suit seeking to nullify the thousands of new polling centres.

- CAJ News


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