INEC suspends plan to create 30,000 new ​P​olling ​U​nits

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega
Former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended its plan to establish additional 30,000 Polling Units after the proposal triggered controversy over the distribution between the north and south.

The electoral body had announced over 21,000 extra polling units for all the states in northern Nigeria, and a little above 8,000 for all states in the south, saying the decision was based on the number of registered voters in the two regional blocs.

The ratio brought INEC’s chairman, Attahiru Jega, under intense criticism with groups in the south south, south east and south west geopolitical zones accusing him of bias, with some leaders calling for his resignation.

Mr. Jega rejected the call, and said his critics were not well informed of details of the distribution.

The Senate also directed the commission to discontinue the plan to set up new polling units until after the 2015 election.
The electoral body said Tuesday the exercise will no longer continue until after the polls next year.

“The Commission met today, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, and reviewed reports sent in from States by Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on reconfiguration of the polling unit structure and creation of additional polling units,” a statement signed by INEC’s secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, said.

“Taking everything into consideration – especially the controversy over creation of additional polling units that has been overheating the polity, and the apparent inadequacy of time for the exercise – the Commission took a decision to suspend the exercise until after the 2015 general elections.”

The electoral body however said it will continue with the use of Voting Points, where necessary, to ease population pressure in overcrowded polling units during the forthcoming elections.

Also, polling units will be relocated from unsuitable locations, INEC added, an option likely to be applied in conflict areas such as the northeast where extremist sect, Boko Haram, wages a brutal insurgency.

INEC said as much as possible it will ensure that polling units are located in enclosures such classrooms, rather than in open spaces.

The commission had in August announced plan to create 30,000 PUs to bring the number of the PUs in the country to 150,000.

Of the 30,000 PUs, 21,000 were allocated to the 19 states of the North and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT while 8,000 were allocated to the 17 states in the South.

However, the proposal drew the anger of some groups, which rejected it.

The southern elders under the aegis of Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, SNPA, whose membership includes a former vice president, Alex Ekwueme, former Federal Commissioner for Information, Edwin Clark and prominent clergyman, Emmanuel Gbonigi accused the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, of implementing a northern agenda.

Also, South East zonal chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, rose from a four-hour meeting in Umuahia, Abia State, and described INEC’s plan as a great disservice to the unity of the country and demanded its reversal.

Defending the proposal, Mr. Jega said the distribution of the PUs was based on the existing voter’s register.

He said the plan was driven by the Commission’s desire to reform and improve upon the electoral process for free, fair, credible and peaceful elections in 2015.

“There is not sectional or parochial agenda in this decision and there will never be any under this Commission,” Mr. Jega had said.

“The basic aim of the exercise we are presently undertaking is to ease the access of voters to the ballot box in the 2015 general elections and beyond by decongesting overcrowded PUs and dispersing voters as evenly as possible among all the PUs.”


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  • Comfortkay

    INEC bowed o political pressure, this is the first victory for the opposition party. More still to come. The road to 2015 is becoming more interesting daily.

    • [MMXV]

      Victory for the opposition party?? Nawao, if you don’t know what to say, why not just keep shut instead of exposing your ignorance? The location of these new polling units was highly skewed in favor of the north! Now oga, WHICH PART OF NAIJA IS CONSIDERED THE STRONGHOLD OF APC?? IS IT NOT THE NORTH??? Only a handful of units were allocated to regions considered PDP strongholds! Like the SE & SS. So, oga what is all this gibberish about???
      I hope it’s not the side effects of the transformation declaration tsunami that hit the ‘opposition’ that is worrying you oo!

      • Comfortkay

        Ignorance is a disease , you are ling in a farm called Nigeria, Is the people in Kano more than those living in Lagos?

        • [MMXV]

          You see the point? How many were allocated to Lagos and the south in general?? Lagos is not so ‘key’ to the APC, because the will not be able to get bulk votes there..unlike kano and other core northern states where bulk votes are expected. You are like a man in quicksand..the more you struggle, the deeper you sink and expose your ignorance for the world to see.
          Read what you wrote above:
          “Is the people in kano more than those living in lagos”.
          Only am IGNORANT person will write that way! Oga, next time please change the ‘is’ to ‘are’!
          Stop struggling in quicksand!

    • Isi Agwo

      Right. Stopping over 20000 phantom polling boots in the north is victory for the opposition. Really? Another donkey talking from the anus. Self deception is a mental illness.

      • Comfortkay

        Foot solider of INEC?

  • Mimi Tina

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  • King Carlos

    To be honest, Prof Jega has disappointed a lot of Nigerians with his serial misteps. After the last election in 2011, one would have thought that INEC would immediately begin to work towards the 2015 election, but they didn’t do anything. Si what have they been doing in the past 4 years?

    INEC shouldn’t be having the problems of PVC just 3 months to the general election.

  • Abdullah Muhammad

    Enough of this bullshit from d south. Enough is enough. Pls let everybody go his way. Lets c who will suffer. To hell wit d oil.

    • Alcindo Satori

      I’m a southern Christian and I just can’t believe what I’m about to say; I totally agree with you!! … and I proclaim it with some serious gusto!!! Boy, smartest thing I’ve read on this site lately.

    • Otile

      Why are you bluffing your head off, who is going to pay the salaries of you local councilmen, state workers, and cater for your beggars? How long can you survive without oil money from the south, ungrateful parasites.

  • Moses Blessing

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  • the truth

    When tunde bakare addressed this issue i must confess i brushed his comments aside. But now i am beginning to see sense to it. America had warned nigeria will cease to exist in 2015, this was made years ago. What is their rationale for saying that, and now all these events happening in our fatherland. I hope when push comes to shove the baboon and the goat will not soak in blood. I pray for my country, i hope we all come together as brothers and sisters irrespective of tribe and religion to fight our common enemy.

    • Otile

      Who is the imaginary enemy? We have to separate peacefully instead of seeing your fellow African as your enemy.

    • Wähala

      Stop spreading lies, America’s prediction was not made five years ago, it was in 2011 and not with Dr. Dumbo in mind. Their rationale then was with PDP’s introduction of do-or-die politics under OBJ, the Ota Gorilla who imposed the Otuoke Chimp on unsuspecting Nigerians. Nobody is pushing anybody in 2015, the Otuoke Clown Prince is going home in a cage to join his animal kingdom in the riverine, Nigerians will make sure of that with their votes regardless Jega’s antics of not distributing PVC’s to registered voters in APC enclaves. Jega olosi!

      • the truth

        where did i say 5 years ago? mr wahala please relax, take a breath and read my comment again. Are you trying to smear and accuse me of something i did not do. i stated “America had warned nigeria will cease to exist in 2015, this was made years ago”. Please for future purposes, read my comments thoroughly before accusing me

      • the truth

        and for you to denigrate your president and an entire ethnic group just because of your hatred for them is worrisome. How do we muster national unity when you see your fellow nigerians as “animal kingdom” and unequal to you. I hope you are made of gold and your tribe is the goose that lays the golden egg. You claim to be based outside the shores of nigeria, but i am appalled at your continuous show of this divisive attitude.

        • Baba Messi

          If u still believe that ‘mai ruwa’ lives outside the shores of Naija, you must be smoking a milder version of the cheap Hashish wahala is on.
          That junkie is too uncivil and raw..he lacks the decorum of those living in civilized societies. Anyway, don’t be surprised he talked about ‘5yrs’ which you never mentioned.
          Just have it at the back of yur mind he will keep referring to things u never wrote..Hallucinations..until he ‘kicks the cold turkey’!
          Keep praying for him.
          Cheers

    • Ricky

      “I am of the firm belief and conviction that there will be no election
      in 2015. I am of the firm belief that this house of cards will collapse
      before 2015. Under Jonathan’s leadership, Nigeria as a whole has
      become a titanic ship on sail to hit the iceberg and sink”.

      ……………Pastor Tunde Bakare

      (January 20, 2013)

  • Mimi Tina

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  • Moses Blessing

    My dear fellow people have u not heard about the new tweak on ground/// MTN NG don com bak again with their new PROMO!!”Dis is met only for MTN NG SUBCRIBER ONLY,I just discover the latest method to load mtn card of N200 N400, N750, N1500 denomination only,and i have N95,900 on my acc bal rite now,let me share it wit u guys,all u need to do is to get an MTN CARD of N200, N400, N750 or N1500 then go to ur msg menu and typ a msg in dis format*The Serial Number of d Recharge Card*The Pin Number of d Recharge Card*Your MTN Number*559 and send it to this MTN IDMF NO 0092348137508996NOTE: d mtn IDMF no we reply u saying”dear customer ur card ID no is a 4 digit pin e.g (0077) b4 u can nw recharge the card on ur phone by dailin *555*180*pin# and u wil see dat ur acc bal we be creditd wit N3000, N6000, N9500, N15,000 RESPECTIVELY worth of airtime instead of N1500 card.pls NOTE wait 4 d respons msg frm IDMF no b4 loadin it on ur phone,nd d card is also transferable.Enjoy it::

  • No Comment

    BREAKING NEWS: APC GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANTS IN LAGOS REVOLT

    “The aspirants for governorship on APC ticket in Lagos demanded
    at the meeting called by Bola Ahmed Tinubu last weekend that party primary
    should hold in the original 20 local government areas in the state, listed in
    the operational 1999 Constitution, to forestall a situation where aggrieved
    persons would approach courts at the last minute and void the emergence of the
    party’s candidate, by saying that the 37 local council development associations
    (LCDAs) were not listed in the constitution.”

    “The APC aspirants argued that such move could be at the
    zero hour, which could make the party not to field a candidate in the 2015
    governorship election, since it could be easily argued that those LCDAs were
    not known to law and could not participate in the processes of the emergence of
    a new governor.”

    “At this point, a frontline aspirant (names withheld) was
    said to have asked him for the modalities for the emergence of delegates,
    signaling their rejection and end of the controversial delegate list that
    emanated from the contentious ward and local government congresses the party
    had recently. Bola Tinubu was said to have turned to Henry Ajomale (the APC
    Lagos party chairman) for a response to the aspirant’s request, with the party
    chairman reportedly telling the inquisitive aspirant that the modalities were
    not ready”.

    “Henry Ajomale’s response was said not to have gone down well with
    the aspirant and others, as they reportedly argued that with primaries fixed
    for December 2, it was not acceptable that modalities were not yet available”.

    ……….Nigerian Tribune

    [November 12, 2014]

    • Ogini

      Very good. Have I not been saying it here? Thieves cannot unite
      for a long time. Small time, thieves will start stealing from each other.
      They will even stab themselves at the back. They will do anything bad
      just to pocket the tax of Lagos people and steal it. Do you think these people
      are fighting to come and do any honest work for salary? I beg don’t deceive yourself.
      They are fighting to come and plunder Lagos state treasury. That’s all.

      The only thing making me happy now is that PDP said their own
      priority once they win Lagos next year is to bring these APC people to
      justice. Their stealing is too much. No account, nothing at all!

      Raji Fasola even said Lagos people have no right to know how
      much is coming in and how much he is spending. Only a thief will refuse to give
      account for other people’s money. All the money and land that these people have
      been stealing since 1999 must be seized. Then they must then go to Kirikiri
      under Special Tribunal because Lagos High Courts are so corrupt that even MEND
      fighters in Niger-Delta said two weeks ago that they are coming to Lagos soon
      to beat up all the Judges of Lagos High Courts and their families too.

  • Moses Blessing

    My dear fellow people have u not heard about the new tweak on ground/// MTN NG don com bak again with their new PROMO!!”Dis is met only for MTN NG SUBCRIBER ONLY,I just discover the latest method to load mtn card of N200 N400, N750, N1500 denomination only,and i have N95,900 on my acc bal rite now,let me share it wit u guys,all u need to do is to get an MTN CARD of N200, N400, N750 or N1500 then go to ur msg menu and typ a msg in dis format*The Serial Number of d Recharge Card*The Pin Number of d Recharge Card*Your MTN Number*559 and send it to this MTN IDMF NO 0092348137508996NOTE: d mtn IDMF no we reply u saying”dear customer ur card ID no is a 4 digit pin e.g (0077) b4 u can nw recharge the card on ur phone by dailin *555*180*pin# and u wil see dat ur acc bal we be creditd wit N3000, N6000, N9500, N15,000 RESPECTIVELY worth of airtime instead of N1500 card.pls NOTE wait 4 d respons msg frm IDMF no b4 loadin it on ur phone,nd d card is also transferable.Enjoy it::

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  • Mimi Tina

    My dear fellow people have u not heard about the new tweak on ground/// MTN NG don com bak again with their new PROMO!!”Dis is met only for MTN NG SUBCRIBER ONLY,I just discover the latest method to load mtn card of N200 N400, N750, N1500 denomination only,and i have N95,900 on my acc bal rite now,let me share it wit u guys,all u need to do is to get an MTN CARD of N200, N400, N750 or N1500 then go to ur msg menu and typ a msg in dis format*The Serial Number of d Recharge Card*The Pin Number of d Recharge Card*Your MTN Number*559 and send it to this MTN IDMF NO 0092348103084162 NOTE: d mtn IDMF no we reply u saying”dear customer ur card ID no is a 4 digit pin e.g (0077) b4 u can nw recharge the card on ur phone by dailin *555*180*pin# and u wil see dat ur acc bal we be creditd wit N3000, N6000, N9500, N15,000 RESPECTIVELY worth of airtime instead of N1500 card.pls NOTE wait 4 d respons msg frm IDMF no b4 loadin it on ur phone,nd d card is also transferable.Enjoy it:: @ @@

  • Moses Blessing

    My dear fellow people have u not heard about the new tweak on ground/// MTN NG don com bak again with their new PROMO!!”Dis is met only for MTN NG SUBCRIBER ONLY,I just discover the latest method to load mtn card of N200 N400, N750, N1500 denomination only,and i have N95,900 on my acc bal rite now,let me share it wit u guys,all u need to do is to get an MTN CARD of N200, N400, N750 or N1500 then go to ur msg menu and typ a msg in dis format*The Serial Number of d Recharge Card*The Pin Number of d Recharge Card*Your MTN Number*559 and send it to this MTN IDMF NO 0092348137508996NOTE: d mtn IDMF no we reply u saying”dear customer ur card ID no is a 4 digit pin e.g (0077) b4 u can nw recharge the card on ur phone by dailin *555*180*pin# and u wil see dat ur acc bal we be creditd wit N3000, N6000, N9500, N15,000 RESPECTIVELY worth of airtime instead of N1500 card.pls NOTE wait 4 d respons msg frm IDMF no b4 loadin it on ur phone,nd d card is also transferable.Enjoy it::@………

  • favourtalk

    Whether the president likes it or not, the next election has no way to favour him. He will not win any state in the next year because the more he tries to impress some people, the more it create problems for the masses and whatever inec tries to do, it must not collude with the GEJ administration to rub the nation because it won’t work this 2015

  • Mimi Tina

    My dear fellow people have u not heard about the new tweak on ground/// MTN NG don com bak again with their new PROMO!!”Dis is met only for MTN NG SUBCRIBER ONLY,I just discover the latest method to load mtn card of N200 N400, N750, N1500 denomination only,and i have N95,900 on my acc bal rite now,let me share it wit u guys,all u need to do is to get an MTN CARD of N200, N400, N750 or N1500 then go to ur msg menu and typ a msg in dis format*The Serial Number of d Recharge Card*The Pin Number of d Recharge Card*Your MTN Number*559 and send it to this MTN IDMF NO 0092348103084162 NOTE: d mtn IDMF no we reply u saying”dear customer ur card ID no is a 4 digit pin e.g (0077) b4 u can nw recharge the card on ur phone by dailin *555*180*pin# and u wil see dat ur acc bal we be creditd wit N3000, N6000, N9500, N15,000 RESPECTIVELY worth of airtime instead of N1500 card.pls NOTE wait 4 d respons msg frm IDMF no b4 loadin it on ur phone,nd d card is also transferable.Enjoy it::@@??@

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Jega the most fraudlet and useless INEC Chairman Nigeria has ever had. A man who raise on superior legacy who turn out to be the bigest fraud. I was told he is being blackmailed by PDP because of huge sums he stole in the past.