25 March 2021 By Kayode Oyedare
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC is to commence consultations with Political Parties and stakeholders at the State and Local Government levels on Implementation of converting of about Fifty Seven Thousand Voting points into Polling Units across the country.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye who stated this while briefing news men in Abuja on some of the activities of the Commission said this was part of efforts to expand and strengthen the Electoral Process for future Elections.
Mr Okoye explained that the present polling Units were created Twenty five years ago and with the increased number of voting population there was need for the Commission to convert the existing voting points to address some challenges contributing to poor participation of eligible voters in the Electoral Process.
According to him, the conversion will still be within the local governments and help decongest some already over populated polling Units.
The INEC National Commissioner stressed that the Commission was working with the National Assembly to expedite action on the ongoing review of the 2015 Electoral Act to accommodate the use of modern technology and legal backing for the use of Card Reader Machines in the 2023 General Election
Mr Okoye however solicited the support of the media during the Commission’s engagement with stakeholders towards the success of the exercise scheduled to commence next week across the country.