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Senate expresses opposition to polling units

01 October 2014, 09:41Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Andy Uba, said the upper chamber of the legislature would halt the use of new polling units INEC set up for the 2015 elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, had  recently announced the creation of over 30 000 polling units across the Six  Geo Political Zones.

The announcement has however generated much controversy as stakeholders condemned the timing of the creation of the polling units.

Reacting to the issue, Uba said the idea behind the creation of additional units was good but "the timing of the exercise was wrong."

He said, “We have sent a letter to the INEC Chairman  and we expressed our reservations over the planned creation of additional polling units across the country.

“What he is doing is good but the timing is wrong. We are close to an election year and we have so many displaced people in the North eastern part of the country," he said.

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“There are consequences when you say you don’t care, that is what it is but I know he (Jega) is a gentle man and he is a man that keep to his words we had a meeting and had sent him a letter."

Uba said Jega's reputation was at stake.

“He should know that his integrity from what people are saying, is at  stake but that is not our business. And I don’t believe that there is nothing he has in mind against anybody or anything.”

He however said his committee did not believe INEC had ulterior motive for the idea as being insinuated in certain quarters.

“It (the exercise) is a good idea but the timing is wrong that is all we are saying. Nobody is saying what they did was wrong and some people are saying there is ulterior motive, there is no ulterior motives in it, that is not the issue," Uba said.

- CAJ News


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