By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a stakeholder meeting in Akure on Friday, announced additional 924 polling units in the state.
With the additional 924, Ondo State now has a total of 1,233 polling units.
The additional polling units is coming on the heels of the implementation of voter’s access to polling units in Nigeria.
In his keynote address, the electoral commissioner in the state, Amb. Oloruntoyin Akeju, said that the people’s complaints on inadequate polling units in the country brought about the expansion, with additional 924 more units as a way of making the voting system easier for the voters.
He said further that, the decision would make the registered voters access or vote at non-distance polling units to their residence.
“The decision is to reduce the stress voters are passing through during elections mostly tracking distances before they could get to their polling units.”
“It is also of note that, INEC is looking at a way whereby voters will not be more than a thousand on a queue,” he said.
Akeju said that polling units are essential to every election in making voters performed their civic right and as well not inbe disenfranchised as it is written in the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He said that over 84 million voters have been registered as at the last verification exercise in 2019, which has doubled the figure compare to what it used to be, therefore, making the commitment to venture into expanding the units.
Over 30,000 polling units have been newly created by the commission across the country base on new settlements that are springing up almost on daily basis.