INEC solicits NIPOST’s support in delineating constituencies

INEC will use NIPOST facilities to carry out proper delineation of constituencies in the country.

The Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, on Friday solicited the support of the Nigeria Postal Service, NIPOST, in carrying out a precise delineation of constituencies in the country.

Mr. Jega, who was represented by the commission’s National Commissioner, Nuru Yakubu, sought the support when he paid a courtesy visit to NIPOST in Abuja.

He said that the commission had identified NIPOST as a strategic partner toward achieving its assignment of delineating constituencies in the country.

“NIPOST will be of great support, considering its huge resource in terms of communities, roads, streets and postcode in every location in the country,” the INEC chairman said.

Mr. Jega explained that the delineation exercise would involve INEC staff moving into communities to identify, delineate boundaries and capture data that would give precise delineation of constituencies in the country.

“We do not have a clear delineation of constituencies in the country and certainly not even the wards. In the area of delineation exercise we are at the parliamentary stage, meaning the preparatory stage. The next stage will be that of appointment of consultants who will go out to the field for mapping. As this is going on, all the national commissioners of INEC will be visiting the 12 supervisory zones. Thereafter, public hearings will be held at the 109 senatorial districts to take suggestions, memoranda and comments from the communities,’’ he said.

The INEC chairman said the suggestions would be put together and processed by the commission.

“A presentation will be made by the commission thereafter, and a report will be submitted to the National Assembly,” he said.

Mr. Jega disclosed that the commission had also identified some other strategic partners such as the National Population Commission, NPC, and Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, OSGOF. He said that this would help to work effectively on the delineation exercise.

The INEC chairman said that other identified partners include the National Environmental Standard Regulatory Agency, NESRA; the National Boundary Commission, NBC; and Border Communities Development Agency, BCDA.

The Postmaster-General of NIPOST, Ibrahim Baba, said NIPOST was willing to be part of the delineation project of the commission.

Mr. Baba said that the essence of the collaboration was for INEC to use NIPOST facilities to carry out proper delineation of constituencies in the country.

“INEC is interested in what NIPOST has on ground, such as its network as NIPOST has been able to carry out the delineation of communities for the purpose of delivering letters. INEC believes it can make use of our network as a starting point because the delineation done by NIPOST is being done electronically,” he said.

The postmaster-general, however, urged the commission to patronise NIPOST’s courier services.

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