4 March 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been urged to intensify efforts toward the creation of new Polling Units across the country.
The Director General, Forum of former Deputy Governors, Dr. Kenneth Ibe-Kalu made the call while featuring on “Politics Today” a Kapital FM current affairs programme in Abuja.
Dr. Ibe-Kalu explained that the creation of additional polling units in the six ge-political zones of the country and the nation’s capital, Abuja, would address the problems of violence, voters apathy, congestion and lack of safety, among others during elections.
He added that the new polling units when created would assist INEC in conducting credible elections.
Dr. Ibe-Kalu also pointed out that it is time for Nigeria to adopt full electronic voting system to curb low turn out of voters during elections.
Also contributing on the programme, the Chairman of the People’s Party of Nigeria, Eyiowuawi Razak appealed for complete autonomy and more funding to INEC for optimal performance.
He said this could be achieved through direct funding for the Commission not from the Executives, to ensure free and fair elections in the country.
Razak therefore stressed the need for continuous improvement of the electoral process in the country.