The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has created additional 996 polling units in Cross River State as parts of its expansion of polling units across the country.
With the addition, Cross River State now has a total of 3,281 polling units across the 18 Local Government Area of the state.
Emmanuel Hart, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, during a meeting with stakeholders in Calabar, said it’s part of the nationwide programme embarked upon by the commission to expand voters access to polling units.
Hart said, “The commissions physical assessment of the polling units in the country in 2014 was able to expose the challenges faced by voters in many polling units in the country nationwide.
“Most polling units exceeded the designated figure of 500 voters resulting in long queues, violence and other electoral offences.
“This development informed the need for the restructuring of polling units in order to make it easier for voters access during electoral activities.
“INEC in Cross River is happy to announce to you that when the propose new polling units are verified and approved by the commission, Cross River State will boast of an additional 998 polling units”.
Mr. Hart further emphasised that only public buildings/places were approved as location for PUs and places like private residences, religious centres, royal palaces, political party buildings, and shrines are not allowed for location of PUs.
Mr. Abanuche-Mbu, the National Commissioner representing South/South who was represented by Godwin Abuato Ushie said the exercise will reduce stress during future elections and commended stakeholders for working with the commission to ensure a seamless exercise.