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2019: INEC explains creation of 30,000 polling units allegedly to favour Buhari

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday explained that it only got 3,789 requests nationwide for the creation of new poling units.

The electoral commission stated this while denying the allegation that it has created 30,000 additional polling units ahead of the 2019 general elections.

INEC denial came just as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Friday alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and INEC, are secretly plotting to create 30,000 illegal polling units in compromised areas’ targeted to improve President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances in the 2019 general elections.

In a statement by Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, in Abuja, INEC debunked the allegations, explaining that it only got 3,789 requests for the creation of new polling units.

He said in response to the request that INEC instructed its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), to carefully assess and provide it with information on new settlements not served or inadequately served by existing polling units.

According to him, the RECs were further asked to provide information on areas with natural barriers that hinder access to existing polling units and those that are distant from existing polling units.

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He added, “The RECs are also to assess and provide information on areas affected by communal and other conflicts that make voting in existing polling units unsafe for voters. It is these reports and the information they contain that will be collated and carefully examined by the commission in order to determine what changes may be necessary in the current polling units’ profile of the country.

“Therefore, the insinuation that the commission intends to create 30,000 new polling units to compromise the 2019 General Elections is false, misleading, unfounded and should be disregarded.”

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