Alleged 30,000 New Polling Units: You Lied, INEC Tells PDP
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the public to disregard rumour emanating from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying the commission has created 30,000 additional polling units in order to compromise the 2019 general elections.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, on Sunday in Abuja, explained that the commission received 3,789 requests nationwide for the creation of new polling units.
Recall that Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, on Friday alleged that INEC was planning to create 30,000 illegal polling units in some remote areas.
According to Oyekanmi, the commission, after receiving the requests, directed its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to thoroughly asses and provide it with information on new settlements not served or inadequately served by existing polling units.
“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,“ he said.
He said that these reports were still being awaited from the various States.
“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.”