BEVERLY HILLS, May 10, (THEWILL) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State has restructured the number of polling units in the state.
This is part of the nationwide programme embarked upon by the commission to expand voter access to polling units.
With the present exercise, the 998 Voting Points in the State have been converted to fullfledged Polling Units, PUs.
These new Polling Units will be added to the existing 2283 Polling Units and this will increase the number of Polling Units in the state to 3281.
Speaking during a meeting with election stakeholders in Calabar, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emmanuel Hart, said the new arrangement will meet the aspirations of the people.
He said: “The activity was carried out by the commission in 1996, being the last year polling units were created in the country by the commission.
“The commission’s physical assessment of the polling units in the country in 2014 was able to expose the challenges faced by voters in many polling units in the country nationwide.
“Most polling units exceeded the designated figure of 500 voters resulting in long queues, violence and other electoral offences.
“INEC in Cross River is happy to announce to you that when the proposed new Polling Units are verified a d approved by the commission, Cross River State will boast of an additional 998 Polling Units. The 998 PUs will be added to the existing 2283 Polling Units and will increase the number of Polling Units in the state to 3281.”
He added that the 1,527,058 registered voters in the state and new registrants will have decongested PUs and this will help reduce voter apathy.
Also speaking, Godwin Abuato Ushie, who spoke on behalf of the National Commissioner representing the South/South, May Abanuche-Mbu, said the exercise will reduce stress during future elections.
He commended stakeholders for working with the commission to ensure a seamless exercise.