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INEC increases polling units in Anambra to 5,720

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has increased polling units in Anambra from 4,608 to 5,720.

Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, INEC Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner, disclosed this on Monday in Awka during Stakeholders’ Forum on Expansion of Voter Access to Polling Units.

Orji explained that the expansion became necessary as the commission last expanded its polling units more than two decades ago.

“From INEC records, the existing polling units were created 25 years ago and some of them today are in locations where they no longer promote healthy electoral activities.

“Some of the polling units are located in front of shrines, some in private buildings and others in churches,” he said.

Orji, who said that INEC national headquarters began the process about two weeks ago, hinted that already additional 1,112 new polling units have been added to the existing 4,608 polling units in the state.

The INEC official said the expansion was targeted at enhancing participation during elections, especially with the emergency of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

He also announced that the commission would commence continuation of voters registration on June 28.

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