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'Senate has not suspended new polling units'

10 October 2014, 13:24

Ilorin - The Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Thursday said that the senate had not debated the issue of the new polling units created by INEC across the country.

He made the clarification in a statement signed in llorin on Thursday.

In the statement, Saraki said that the statement credited to Andy Uba on the issue of polling units was at best, Uba's personal views.

"Saraki will like to state clearly that as legislators, the same way we clamour for politicians not to interfere with the Nigerian Police Force as an independent body, we should not also interfere with INEC.

"In the last few years, Nigeria's electoral process has been witnessing salient changes; to a high level, candidates and masses are certain that elections will be won based on votes cast and counted legally.

Also read: Senate expresses opposition to polling units

"This development does not only give confidence to the electorate; it also compels political office holders to perform in order to avoid being voted out.

"We must note that this must be the opinion of INEC as an independent organisation and not that of the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters.’’

Saraki said that the position taken on the cancellation of the new polling units was a personal one and not that of the entire senate.

He urged Ubah to allow INEC to remain an independent body and not to interfere in matters that could compromise the electoral body.



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