The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, has stated that the commission had received up to 9,777 requests for additional polling units case across Nigeria as of Monday, February 15, 2021.
Yakubu said this during a sensitization visit on the creation of additional polling units, to the Arewa Consultative Forum in Kaduna on Tuesday.
He stressed that the demands for additional polling unit is rising everyday whereas they didn’t ask them to forward their request but they did that without consultation.
Yakubu added that from October 2020 when the commission received 5,700 requests for additional polling units, the number of requests has increased to 4,077 in just four months.
“Since 1999, the nation had conducted six general elections using the same polling units. The growing demands by Nigerians for additional polling units are increasing by the day.
“We did not ask them to forward their request but they did that unsolicited. In fact, there is one request we received from a person requesting for about 800 polling units in his area.
“As of yesterday, the 15th February, 2021 we have received 9,777 additional requests for polling units,” said Yakubu.
The commission has hereby frowned on the illegal creation of polling units unless there is a need for it.