INEC Plans to create 30,000 additional Polling Units
It has been alleged that the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, is trying to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who proposed 30,000 additional polling units, which provoked public outcry before the 2015 general elections. The Guardian reported that INEC has directed Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) across the states to increase polling units but the modalities for determining the number of the proposed voting centres are not known to the public.
Also, opposition political parties are spoil for a showdown with INEC alleging that some of the RECs are new and have no knowledge of their states of primary assignment. In similar vein, some socio-cultural organisations in the country also warned the commission to drop such idea otherwise it is tantamount to obliterating Section 133 A of the 1999 Constitution without amendment.