The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has said the forthcoming general elections would not hold in 240 polling units across the country.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who disclosed this at a regular consultative meeting with leaders of the 18 registered political parties ahead of the elections said the affected polling units has no registered voter.
INEC said the 240 polling units without registered voters spread across 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The INEC boss said the Commission will release a comprehensive list of these polling units by name, code number, and their locations by state, local government, and registration area.
He said:” “However, there are 240 polling units without registered voters spread across 28 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). They range from one polling unit to 12 polling units in each State and the FCT, except Taraba and Imo States with 34 and 38 polling units respectively. No new registrants chose the polling units and no voters indicated interest to transfer to them during the last Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), mainly for security reasons. This means that no elections will hold in these polling units.
“In our avowed commitment to transparency, the Commission is making available to Nigerians a comprehensive list of these polling units by name, code number and their locations by State, Local Government and Registration Area. With this development, the number of polling units where elections will hold nationwide on 25th February 2023 and 11th March 2023 is now 176,606. Hard copies of the list are included in your folders for this meeting. Above all, Nigerians deserve the right to know the locations of these polling units. Accordingly, the soft copy of the list has been uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information and guidance. ”
Yakubu urged voters in the country to confirm the locations of their polling units through a dedicated portal on INEC website, adding that all voters who have been assigned to new polling units will receive text messages from the commission indicating their polling units.