The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to turn 1,109 voting points into polling units in Yobe State.
Alhaji Ahmed Makama, the state’s resident commissioner disclosed this on Friday while addressing newsmen during a stakeholders’ meeting on “Expansion of Voter Access to Polling Units” in Damaturu, the state’s capital.
“In Yobe, the delineation details comprises of 17 local government areas, 178 registration areas, 1,714 stands alone polling units, and 1,109 voting points which were used in the 2019 general elections.
“Therefore, in order to decongest the polling units for more access to voters, these voting points were proposed for their conversion to polling units”, he said.
Makama added that if the commission approves the conversion of those voting points into polling units, Yobe will have 2,823 polling units.
“This lingering crisis occurs because the existing polling units can no longer substantially guarantee the voter to exercise his/her fundamental right”, he said.