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Lagos to get 2 400 additional polling units

21 October 2014, 16:22

Lagos - The Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola on Monday said that the state would get 2 400 additional polling units ahead of the 2015 elections.

Ogunmola spoke with newsmen at a workshop on the upcoming distribution of Permanent Voter Cards organised for key officers of INEC by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) in Lagos.

He said that the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards would capture the new units.

Also read: INEC to distribute voters' card in Lagos in August

The new units, when created, will bring the total number of polling units in the state to about 10 865.

Ogunmola said: “There will be considerations in situating the new units. The essence is to ensure proximity and that there are not more than 500 voters in a unit.

“We have also received the delineation report from the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and have given them out to our electoral officers across the councils to study.

“We will use the ones we consider relevant,” he said.

Ogunmola said that voters wishing to change their existing polling units to new ones would be given forms of intention.

The REC debunked reports that Resident Electoral Commissioners in Nigeria were ganging up against INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

“It is unfortunate that such story has been published but I wish to state here that there is no rift between us and the chairman, ‘’ he said.

According to Ogunmola, there should not have been controversy over the number of polling units allocated to each state because they were allocated on equality basis for all states.

Ogunmola said that the workshop was aimed at training INEC officials on the upcoming Permanent Voter Cards distribution exercise.

“Our commitment now will be to determine the credibility of future elections, especially the 2015 general elections.

“This is the final phase of the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards and the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise nationwide,’’ he said.

Ogunmola commended the UNDP for organising  a free training workshop and urged the staff to take it seriously.

Also in an interview with newsmen, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, the UNDP National Elections Expert for Nigeria, said that the organisation sponsored the training as part of its good governance project.

He said that a credible voters register was important for a successful election.

The next phase of the Permanent Voter Cards distribution will begin in Lagos and some other states on November 7.

-   NAN

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