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INEC suspends plan to create 30,000 new ​P​olling ​U​nits

The Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended its plan to establish additional 30,000 Polling Units after the proposal triggered controversy over the distribution between the north and south.
“The Commission met today, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, and reviewed reports sent in from States by Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on reconfiguration of the polling unit structure and creation of additional polling units,” a statement signed by INEC’s secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, said.
“Taking everything into consideration – especially the controversy over creation of additional polling units that has been overheating the polity, and the apparent inadequacy of time for the exercise – the Commission took a decision to suspend the exercise until after the 2015 general elections.”
The electoral body however said it will continue with the use of Voting Points, where necessary, to ease population pressure in overcrowded polling units during the forthcoming elections.
Also, polling units will be relocated from unsuitable locations, INEC added, an option likely to be applied in conflict areas such as the northeast where extremist sect, Boko Haram, wages a brutal insurgency.

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