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2019: INEC Plans Additional Polling In Lagos

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By Bukola Olasanmi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, said it would create more voting points in Lagos State to ease accreditation and voting processes across the 8,462 polling units in the state during 2019 general elections.

Mr Sam Olumekun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in the state, disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting organised by the commission in collaboration with the private sector and the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) in Lagos.

There are presently 3, 662 voting points created across polling units to reduce accreditation and voting time during elections.

“After the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration exercise, we have recorded close to 700,000 new registrants in Lagos, and the implication of that is we are going to create additional voting points.

“This has become imperative so that we can have a pleasant experience when people go out to vote on the election days.

“We will ensure that your votes count in 2019. We are determined to conduct the best ever elections in 2019,” Olumekun said.

According to the INEC boss, the creation of additional voting points is necessary to ease the process and reduce voting time.

The REC said that the electoral body had improved in deployment of materials and personnel, and transmission of election results.

Olumekun, who emphasised the need for security of voters, election materials and personnel, urged the stakeholders to continue the advocacy on peaceful conduct and voter education.

According to him, the successful conduct of past elections in the state can largely be attributed to the contributions of the stakeholders, who have been supportive in the state.

“I can testify that the stakeholders have done marvelously well in the area of sensitisation and mobilisation of the citizens for all our activities, especially the just-suspended Continuous Voters’ Registration Exercise.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that the stakeholders here present have a stake in our democracy, of which the conduct of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections is an integral part.

“You are major influencers of public opinion and our first appeal is that you use your influence in doing advocacy for peaceful elections,’’ he said.

According to him, voter education is crucial in promoting the electoral literacy in any political community.

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