Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said on Monday in Abuja that the commission would soon embark on constituency delimitation.
Declaring open a three day workshop for information officers drawn from across the country, Jega said the exercise would precede the creation of new polling units before the 2015 elections.
Jega said that because the exercise had been put on hold for long, INEC had to create additional polling booths during the 2011 general elections and some other elections at the state level, aimed at decongesting polling units’’.
Represented by Dr Chris Iyimoga, National Commissioner,Publicity, Jega said the constituency delimitation process, had become necessary because there had been demographic shift in some parts of the country, occasioned by issues such as religious crisis, natural disasters or population explosion.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that a similar exercise was conducted five years ago through which 120,000 polling booths were created for the conduct of the 2007 and 2011 general elections.
Also in accordance to Section 73 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria INEC was empowered to review the constituencies after an interval of no less than 10 years.
Jega said plans were in place by INEC to embark on sensitisation tour of the states to drum up support for the impending constituency delimitation.
The chairman noted that building the capacities of INEC affairs officers for effective service delivery had become imperative for them to work to optimum capacity.
He said many measures would begin to unfold in the commission for the development of the commission and its entire staff.
``This is coming at a time when the commission is reoganising, aimed at making it respond to all emerging challenges and improve the working condition of the staff, for them to be more committed.''
He said the success of the exercise rested on every staff of the commission and therefore challenged them to be more committed toward the activities of the commission.
Jega said with the printing of permanent voters’ card in progress, INEC would soon continue with registration of voters.
He added that the commission would also regularly update the voters' register to eliminate names of those that might have died, including names of new voters that attained voting age during the period.