By Aiyeku Timothy
The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that the commission had received about 9,777 requests for additional polling units across the country as of Monday, February, 15, 2021,
The INEC boss made this known during a sensitisation visit on the creation of additional polling units, to the Arewa Consultative Forum, in Kaduna, on Tuesday.
Yakubu said the growing demand by Nigerians for the creation of additional polling units was on the rise as he recalled that the commission created 119,973 polling units in 1996, noting that for 25 years it had yet to create additional polling units.
He explained that from October 2020 when the commission received 5,700 requests for additional polling units, the number of requests have increased to 4,077 in just four months.
Yakubu said, “Since 1999, the nation had conducted six general elections using the same polling units. The growing demands by Nigerians for additional polling units are increasing by the day.
“We did not ask them to forward their request but they did that unsolicited. In fact, there is one request we received from a person requesting for about 800 polling units in his area.
“As of yesterday, the 15th February, 2021 we have received 9,777 additional requests for polling units.”
In his remark, the National Chairman of the ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was represented by ACF’s National Secretary, Murtala Aliyu, cautioned Nigerians against politicising the creation of additional polling units across the country.