Why we’re giving more Polling Units to the North – Jega

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega on Wednesday explained why the commission has allocated more polling units to the geo-political zones in the North, than those in the South, saying the plan is based on the existing number of registered voters in the country, which he put at 70,383,427.

Ahead of the 2015 election, the electoral body has proposed to allocate more than 21,000 new polling units to the north, while the south will receive about 8,000. The plan is not yet finalized.

But the ratio has angered the three geopolitical zones in the south, with some calling for Mr. Jega’s resignation, accusing him of bias.

At a press conference Wednesday, Mr. Jega vowed not to resign, and said those asking him to quit lack adequate information on the exercise and are being mischievous.

The Commission had last month announced its plan to create additional PUs before the general elections next year to bring the number of units in the country to 150,000 from the original 119,973.

According to the proposal, the three geo-political zones in the North will have about 21, 000, which is 70% of the new units, while the three zones in the south got about 8,000 units.

The state-by-state analysis shows that while Lagos will have the highest number of the PUs with 3,159 PUs, while Imo State will have the least with 42.

However, fierce criticisms have trailed the exercise with some groups alleging that it was aimed at foisting the dominance of one section of the country over the others for political advantage.

The South-South Peoples Assembly, SSPA, went a step further by demanding the resignation of the INEC Chairman and should not be allowed to conduct the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Jega, an indigene of Kebbi State in the North West zone, said the Commission’s plan is “sincere and well-intentioned,” and not designed to confer any political advantage on any individual, political party or region.

He said though the outcry was understandable, but regrettable given the low level of public trust in governance institutions in Nigeria, the decision of the Commission to re-configure the structure of the PUs and create additional ones was “driven by our collective aspirations as Nigerians to reform and improve upon the electoral process for free, fair, peaceful and credible elections in 2015 and beyond”.

Stating that there was no sectional or parochial agenda in this decision, the INEC chairman stressed that it was aimed at easing the access of voters to the ballot box by decongesting over crowded PUs and dispersing voters as evenly as possible among all the PUs.

The “need factor” more than political sentiments, informed the patterns of distribution of the PUs being proposed,” Mr Jega added.

“Still, the Commission has not been unmindful of the political nature of the exercise; and that is why it took the decision that (1) no state will lose any PUs from its stock of existing units, no matter the statistical outlook when voter population is exaggerated into units of 500 persons; and (ii) every state will get some additional polling units from 15% of the total being newly created on the basis of ‘equality principle’ regardless of the number of PUs already existing in each state in comparison to the voter population,” he said.

“We have already made the computed figures in this regard public. Contrary to the argument by critics, the Commission is not working on imaginary population sizes based on perceived patterns of migration by potential voters, rather, it is working with the documented register of voters as we have it at the moment.”

He expressed worry that critics seemed to focus on the allocation of the proposed units and urged them to compare the total allocations state by state.

Explaining further the methodology used in arriving at the new arrangement, Mr. Jega said since PUs are created to service registered voters, “the fairest and most logical criterion to use in distributing the 150,000 PUs nationwide is the number of registered voters.”

He stressed, “At present the post-AFIS (i.e. after removing duplicate registrants) figure of registered voters is the most appropriate figure of registered voters that is available nationwide, to use; hence the decision to use post-AFIS figures, as the basis for distributing the 150,000 polling units.

“The simplest way to distribute the 150,000 polling units is to divide the number of registered voters in each state by 500 (maximum of registered per polling unit.)

He explained that the present structure of PUs was created in 1996 by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, NECOM, which created 120,000 PUs and 8,809 wards (registration areas).

According to him, the structure of the polling units had been used for the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections and that there had been exponential growth in Nigeria’s populations as well as severe demographic shifts resulting from new settlements in major urban areas since 1996.

Mr. Jega further explained that the rise in population with corresponding increase in the number of eligible voters was clearly manifested during the 2011 fresh voter registration exercise.

According to him, in order to ameliorate the challenges of managing polling units with large number of voters, INEC introduced the concept of “Voting Points’ where polling units with large numbers of voters were subdivided into multiple of manageable numbers of about 300, with a maximum of 450 registered voters.

“About 150,000 polling units are required to ensure right-sizing of our polling units based on the number of registered voters,” he said.

No reversal

The INEC chairman said the Commission had no plan to reverse the decision, stressing “We have taken a decision; we have not yet implemented that decision. People, because they don’t have enough information misunderstood it, some perhaps mischievously. But we are hoping that the information we are providing will make people understand.

“I cannot sit down here and tell you whether we will reverse or we will not reverse. What is clear is that many people are taking hard position on the issue when they are ill-informed and they are very passionate and emotive about it.”

On how the Commission would manage the creation of polling units in the areas of the country ravaged by insurgency, he said though the development was “unfortunate and regrettable” the situation would soon be addressed and that those displaced would return.

He said, “The hope of everybody is that normalcy will return and people will come back to their places. So the displacement of people in any of these places is a temporary phenomenon. You cannot say we should create polling units when we have information that people have registered in that area because they are temporary dislocated. The displacement is temporary.”

Mr. Jega said he was not bothered about the calls for his resignation over the proposed creation of the PUs because he and the Commission’s staff were convinced of what they were doing.

He said, “Anybody can say anything and they are entitled to do so. This is not the first time people are calling for my removal or resigning or being fired. That doesn’t bother me. I do my best and all the commissioners are doing their best.

“Forget about removal. Any of us here can fall and die tomorrow. So long as we are here we will do what we believe is right. We did not lobby anybody to come here. We were brought here because people knew we will do the right thing and we will continue to do it as long as we have the opportunity to continue to do it.

“So, don’t worry. I myself I won’t wait until I am fired. The day I know myself I can’t do this job to satisfy my conscience I will leave. I am here in INEC to do national service and I believe I am making sacrifices, not only myself but also the national commissioners.”


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  • colinas

    Due to how Nigeria is, Mr. Chairman, please give each state or geopolitical zone EQUAL playing field. Equal playing field is justice, fairness and equity. Come on Mr. Chairman, stop the nonsense. Mr. Chairman, you are fired. “Man don tire for these Hausa/Fulani people – educated or not” there are all the same. Their aim is to grab power and control what is not theirs – oil.

    • redeem

      See the trouble with these fulani elites——————they like to produce trouble for the country daily—not satisfied with their boko haram—-war—-9ja is wasting my oil revneu to fight—-abi—u create additional 21,000 polling units for the fulani North–then give only 8,000- to the entire south–simply because in yr mind the fulani north is more populated than the south—what type of thinking is that—-?——did the fulani North request for additional polling Units-? -what happens if u have a polling boot which cannot produce up to 500 voters–then u have the politicians rig elections again to make up for the figures-abi?————Jega should be told in very simply language not to create additional wahala for the country–allow sleeping dog to lie low———–or quit—he has already made enough money–from the 80b that the thieving Nigerians forced Gej to give to INEC————–that is why i say instead of elections let us discuss how we are going to live—-together——–u are establishing more PU in a zone that is at war with itself———-this is the highest level of madness——————–the man should just quit———what is the population of the fulanis in Nigeria—————-not the ones who sneak in from Chad ati Niger republic–sha

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    ARE YOU SURPRISED !!!

    JEGA’S INEC AT A GLANCE: (STRATEGIC COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS)

    1. Logistics – Col. Hamanga – Adamawa State (North-East)
    2. Operations – Dr Nuru Yakubu – Yobe State (North-East)
    3. Procurement – Ambassador Wali – Sokoto State (North-West)
    4. Finance & General Purpose – Prof. Jega – Kebbi State (North-West)
    5. ICT – Prof. Jega – Kebbi State (North-West)
    6. Political Monitoring – Hajiya Amina Zakari – Jigawa State (North-West)
    7. Human Resources – Ambassador Oniyangi – Kogi State (North-Central)

    • redeem

      that is d real nigeria for u—-time for jega to go is now.—-where are the people from the SS—————-SE——-on the body ati south west–the man is a real thief

  • GbemigaO

    Don’t understand the logic. Why complicate things that are simple!

    • redeem

      (It will take more than inexplicable wealth to transfigure these fly-by-night stuntmen to credible and desirable political opposition. And it is kind of spooky when these characters start latching on to every falsehood or improbably postulation as their principal campaign doctrine.
      The kind of infantile politics where an expensive Centre- spread is bought to take sides with terrorists in the name of getting to the bottom of things. The latest is the obvious disinformation distilled through a foreigner that deliberately mixed the rumoured sponsor of Boko Haram with the preposterous idea that a man who killed more Boko Haram than any other army chief is a patron of the sect.

      Davis said he was given this information by Boko Haram leaders or members. Is that not enough to discredit the broadcast? Since when did progressive opposition depend on projecting red herrings from masked liars as the major meat of their campaign?
      What kind of opposition are we so inflicted with who have no respect for veracity, who want to railroad us from skepticism to cynicism? How do I explain to my children that the same $49 billion, $20 billion and $12 billion that has been investigated and revealed to have sprung from ignorance or mischief is the same that the opposition wants to build schools and pay salaries with?
      Nigerians desire improvement from the ruling party but a blind man cannot help a man with eyes to walk better. We need an opposition with well-articulated programmes to market to us. Not lies repeated too often. We need sober, rational and credible people projecting a better alternative.

      We need a choice between good and better. Not between can-get-better and definitely-much-worse.
      Balarabe Usman Minso, is a Kano based businessman )

  • Ibrahim Muhammad Yunusa

    Jega is not saying that he has increase the monitory allocation to the north but poling units. bcos of verifiable statistics of registered voters in the country . Cant the antagonists understand?

    • redeem

      bloody lie————————is that why he gave the entire South east 43 polling units and gave lagos–state alone—–3,000

  • the truth

    slowly they are passing backdoor approaches. now is the time nigerians need to speak up. What jega is practically saying is there has been 70% population growth in the north and 30% in the south. do we believe this? simply no. why are nigerians not saying anything. shagari did this in 83 and he failed.where are concerned nigerians, we are been disenfranchised or are we going to say this is apc-pdp issue.

  • Ekwekwe

    Seriously? This list was arrived at and has been in circulation in the press even BEFORE the recent review and verification of voters register. Is it really possible that we have had more people registered to vote in the North East, currently in a state of war, than in South West and in South East? A few months ago, the debate was on whether or not to have elections in the North East because of the war with Boko Haram. And then, so suddenly, we have millions more voters hungry to vote in the region. I am not convinced. This is a scam. What’s is Jega’s agenda?

    • redeem

      That is the issue at stake———how can Jega in his right senses give the fulani north 21 extra PU–Lagos state 3,000–then the entire South east only 43

  • me

    Anyone that would blame Inec should remember north is populous than south. A state in North is equal to many states in South

    I

    • djay

      Niger and Borno states are just examples of northern states that are bigger than the whole of south east.

  • Abiodu

    MR jega why dis dai minute?

  • True Nigerian

    This is just one of the prices for our hypocrisy! The answer to all these problems is gathering dusts and rusting away in the recommendations file of Justice Uwais Electoral reform committee, which President Jonathan arrogantly discarded in order to get his own way in 2011.

    This is why I often rebuke people whose response to critical views is to ask the critics: “What solutions are you bringing?…Don’t criticise if you don’t proffer solution”. It is ridiculous and outrightly st*pid. Apparently, the cowardly, docile and unthinking manufacturers of that excuse cannot see that Nigeria’s greatest problems are founded on an offensive refusal to apply known and workable solutions.

    The discard of Uwais recommendations benefitted Jonathan in 2011. Who knows the next person that will benefit or suffer for it? Such is the diagnosis of Nigeria’s descent and instability. In a nutshell, it explains how the country swings from one of the best elections in its history (1992/Abiola) into the horrific frauds nicknamed general election in 2007. People who are celebrating the conduct of the recent Osun State and Ekiti State elections are forgetful of that back-and-forth movement in our electotal quagmires. And that is why they must get ready for another painful episode in 2015. It is what happens when the leadership and people of a country refuse to do the needful in order to steady the progress of a country.

    Suddenly, PDP and Jonathan’s supporters are calling for Jega’s removal. If they cannot trust Jega whose INEC called the victories for Jonathan in many fraudulent results in 2011, who then are they going to trust? The dilemma is the consequence of undercuttin institutions in favour of individual egos! But how many of Jonathan’s millions of supporters are even intelligent enough to understand these simple lessons in social science? Therein lies the biggest problems for the country – most of the people are lost; they can’t think. So, in the end, a horrible leader like Jonathan is, in fact, a true reflection of the people whose lives he is ruining with horrendous leadership. It is also the reason, the country is programed to get worse, not better.

    • redeem

      Buying up all the media houses by APC and waving millions under the nostrils of under-paid journalists cannot hide the fact that Baba-Tinubu- would have been ashamed of his readiness to compromise every decency to ascend the throne in Aso Rock. Where Awolowo maintained a consistent commitment to the farmers and other workers by providing an escape route for their children through education, the owl is obviously only interested in making more and more money from any state that falls prey to his party APC through excruciating taxes and levies. When he came for votes as a senator in those days, he could not be described as a millionaire. Now he is richer than Osun state but would not spare that state his merciless taxation machinery.
      Can anyone who has read the history books imagine Awolowo being amenable to desperado manoeuvres like attempting to worm his way to the office of Vice President by negotiating a deal that requires the wannabe Vice President signing a resignation letter before the election?
      Can any of the people who enjoyed Action Group’s free education imagine a committed man like Awo dropping a programme dear to him because he is desperate to merge with strange bed fellows? The swallowed up ACN used to make a lot of noise about true federalism as one of their sacrosanct programmes. That has been compromised by a contraption in the name of a mega party of ambitious paper cats.
      Nigerians deserve something better than fluffy bandits who keep flying to and fro supposedly ideologically opposed parties like witches serially hopping from coven to coven. Who do these guys imagine that they are fooling?
      Obviously, no one has mentioned any name here but you know what Achebe said about how an old woman without teeth feels when her neighbour talk about a corn cob with scanty grains on it.

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      • redeem

        (It will take more than inexplicable wealth to transfigure these fly-by-night stuntmen to credible and desirable political opposition. And it is kind of spooky when these characters start latching on to every falsehood or improbably postulation as their principal campaign doctrine.
        The kind of infantile politics where an expensive Centre- spread is bought to take sides with terrorists in the name of getting to the bottom of things. The latest is the obvious disinformation distilled through a foreigner that deliberately mixed the rumoured sponsor of Boko Haram with the preposterous idea that a man who killed more Boko Haram than any other army chief is a patron of the sect.

        Davis said he was given this information by Boko Haram leaders or members. Is that not enough to discredit the broadcast? Since when did progressive opposition depend on projecting red herrings from masked liars as the major meat of their campaign?
        What kind of opposition are we so inflicted with who have no respect for veracity, who want to railroad us from skepticism to cynicism? How do I explain to my children that the same $49 billion, $20 billion and $12 billion that has been investigated and revealed to have sprung from ignorance or mischief is the same that the opposition wants to build schools and pay salaries with?
        Nigerians desire improvement from the ruling party but a blind man cannot help a man with eyes to walk better. We need an opposition with well-articulated programmes to market to us. Not lies repeated too often. We need sober, rational and credible people projecting a better alternative.)

        We need a choice between good and better. Not between can-get-better and definitely-much-worse.
        Balarabe Usman Minso, is a Kano based businessman

      • Don Januzi

        Hmm..uve made my day bro..
        Keep em coming..

  • sharp shape

    Death to jega ! Death to fulani barbarism ! Death to traitor tinubu ! Death to buhari !

    • wode

      Pointing one finger… what about the ones that return to you?

      • djay

        will be more

  • Lanre

    Another reason to restructure and decentralize decision-making in Nigeria. How can the North have an extra 21,000 polling units and the South 8,000? The entire North-East is engulfed in an insurgency. Parts of the North-Central have been affected. In effect, the North-West (Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara,Katsina) have recorded far greater population growth than areas in South-West, South-East or South-South. Or perhaps, Jega’s INEC is factoring in the geographical dispersal of the population. But that was not given as the reason for allocating to the North 70% of new Polling Units! Did the North have a deficit previously? Nigeria has always defied logic. When a Professor of Political Science proffers the kind of argument Jega just submitted, you know you are in Nigeria.

  • Gideon Orkar

    Next week Scotland will vote to decide is they want to remain as part of the UK. Meanwhile in Nigeria we don’t have that choice. Let us decide, like the Scots, are doing if we want to remain in this unfair union.

  • Khafilat Adeoye

    NIGERIANS MUST DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF JEGA AS INEC CHAIRMAN !!!

    Mr Festus Odumegwu was removed from NPC for matters similiar to what Jega is now doing at INEC ….. Jega must be sacked before noon today.

    I have carefully read Jega’s submissions above and found no cogent reason why Jega should embark on creating over 30, 000 additional Polling units in the country.

    Specifically, I found no reasons why new polling units should be created in the North … the prevailing security situation in the North does not indeed encourage the creation of additional Polling Units for the North ….. in fact, the present security situation in the North encourages the reduction of the polling units in the North.

    But more importantly, the question must be asked ….. with national elections just a few months away ……… is it the right timing for Jega to embark on a project (creation of additional Polling Units) that is so sensitive and capable of causing more tension, mistrust and disaffection in the country ….. further worsening the precarious ethnic tension and security situation in the country and capable of marring the credibilty of the results of the national elections.

    RALLIES & PROTESTS !!!

    I expect to see massive rallies and protests calling for Jega’s removal as INEC Chairman.

    • True Nigerian

      You are wasting your time. You won’t call for raliies when $20b was stolen from an economy that has more than 100 million people who are starving and about 70 million people who are reluctantly unemployed and cannot have access to credit to, at aleast, pursue any entrepreneurial ambition which they may wish to attempt.

      In a country that is now struggling to pay its bills, you won’t call for protests when the President you support comes on national television to bullishly tell the entire country that he will never sack one of the most corrupt ministers in the history of this country, despite the fact that she has serial official indictments dating back to more than 7 years.

      You won’t call for protests when you see that your country, which earns more than $100b in a year, is unable to construct one bridge or major highway in 8 years.

      You won’t call for protests when the electricity tariff are doubled and trippled for you and all the poor people that live on less than $1 per day, and yet you continue to pay for gross darkness in the name of energy bills.

      You won’t call for protest when Governor Amechi confessed that many governors rigged the elections for Jonathan in 2011. This same Jega was the INEC boss then and he called the votes for Jonathan even at polling centers where ballot boxes were either stuffed or snatched.

      You also won’t call for protests when the President of your country is stup*d enough to take poilitcal advantage of the sensibilities of the country concerning nearly 300 abducted girls whom his government has failed to rescue.

      But you will call for protest over the creation of new polling units which do not exactly translate into the creation of new voters or fake voters for any particular person.

      With your warped ethno-religious understanding of the role of public protests, you will have to protest alone or, perhaps, in the company of other unthinking fellows like you. You won’t see my type there.

      • Khafilat Adeoye

        Your logic and reasoning are faulty …….. are you saying we should do nothing now simply because we had failed to do something in the past ……. the journey of a thousands miles starts in one day they say ….. let us rally to kick Jega out and then others will follow.

        • True Nigerian

          Now that you are talking about logic and reasoning, let’s look at it. I am not saying you should do nothing now because you failed to do nothing in the past. I am saying that if the aim is truly to do something, you should actually be thinking of doing something too in the places where action would be more curative of the causes, rather than the consequences. Logic is not protesting against the symptom whilst leaving the virus. Does that make any sense to you at all?

          As I said, I won’t be part of your horribly skewed call for protests. Kicking Jega out isn’t as important as kicking out the leadership unthinkingness that presented one man as the answer to an institutional problem in the first place. Now, that piece of deductive reasoning should not be very difficult for your “logical” mind to grasp. That is, if what you call logic and reasoning are in any sense similar to what normal people regard as sense of logic and reasoning.

          • djay

            they are just realising that they are the minority despite the fact they teamed up with the south east.

      • redeem

        u have very serious mental trouble—–@wahala nee———–Ibo/fulani

      • wode

        What a response? Nice one!

      • djay

        I love you for that response.

    • Gar

      Your thinking is not correct. It makes sense to create more polling units in the troubled regions to allow people to vote easily. Moreover, it is better not to have so many people gathered together in one place due to the security challenges. What Jega is doing is not giving advantage to any political party. He is using same voter’s register to split over-crowded polling units. It does not change anything rather than making it easier for people to vote. Jega has proven over the time that he is a man of conscience. The Jega I know will resign if his conscience is not satisfied! He is not just saying it, but I am one hundred percent sure he meant it.

    • Wähala

      You’re sick in the head, only a drunkard would rally against a move meant to make live easier for her…
      Abegi, go-siddon! Your idea stinks to high heavens. Jega’s solution is plain and clear to discerning minds. Polling units do not vote, people do and to reduce the stress, it makes sense to establish more according to the data base of registered voters… shikena!

  • Ibrahim Al-Asi

    Obviously, many people have suddenly forgotten simple arithmetic as explained by Jega. The North has tolerated that all past election umpires have been from the South and accepted the structure put in place by them. Now Jega takes steps to correct an obvious anomaly and the South is calling for his head. How quickly we forget how Jega’s INEC delivered fraudulent victories to Jonathan and PDP not too long ago. What an exhibition of pettiness.

    Does this action increases anyone’s voting population? NO. This process only seeks to improve access to voting centres and reduce rowdiness at large PUs. But hate of the North has blocked their reasoning.

    • redeem

      then why did he reduce the number of polling units in the South east to only 43 and gave lagos state alone 3,000 extra polling units——–out of the 8,000 meant for the South———how populated is the fulani North—————-aware lots of the population have left because of the boko haram war—now we understand why boko haram and their fulani brothers have been killing Tivs and Boroms in North Central-the idea is in fulfillment of this Jegas plans

      • Ibrahim Al-Asi

        It’s obvious you haven’t read the news properly. And you also need to educate yourself again on the geopolitical map of Nigeria. The North starts from Benue to Borno and Kwara to Sokoto.

        So the intent of the South under the leadership of GEJ is to whittle the voting population of the North by promoting Boko Haram or starving the military of needed funding/equipment to render it ineffective against BH abi?

    • Wähala

      Don’t mind Ed Clark and his regional drummers. There’s nothing common about common sense…
      Southerners are noise makers, in the end nothing will happen. It’s outright folly to expect equal distribution of PU’s when the nation’s population is not (by nature) equally distributed… always whining, never biting… that’s the South!

  • True Nigerian

    Doesn’t Jonathan have to win a certain number of Northern votes in order
    to win in Nigeria? Didn’t he say that he won enough Northern votes fair and square in
    2011? So why are his supporters panicking now over a chance to give Jonathan’s
    northern voters more polling units to cast their votes for him again just as they did in 2011?
    Does that mean that they don’t believe that he genuinely won in 2011? Is that a
    veiled admission that the massive northern votes called for him in 2011 were so-called based on some new kind of innovation in electoral fraud? Is that another moment of truth when Nigerians would be confronted with the truth that Jonathan’s Northern spread in 2011 was just as his magical numbers in the south which Governor Amechi has now revealed to us that it was audacious fraud committed by him and others on behalf of the President?

    God is watching us Nigerians. And we may pay dearly for our hypocrisy and sheer hatred for the truth. No other nation can boast of so many number of people who are so religious and yet so very hateful of the truth.

    • redeem

      Just imagine what an Ibo man is saying here——very sad—shows how empty some these ibos can be——-Jega gave lagos more than 3,000 extra polling units and handed to the entire South east 43—extra polling units mumu—and u are here thinking like a homeless adult———the issue here does not only affect the Fulani North which is at war-now————–with itself———-but the entire north—what is the population of the fulanis ————-in the north————–in spite of the fact we have fulani emirs scattered all over the north———————–compare that to the number of humans in Aba ati Onitsha—-and Owerri————the Fulani North we know will not vote for Gej as usual——-its the real natives in the entire North that will cast their votes for Jonathan————————-not el rufai ati al Mitsubishi-of of the North———–

      • Ikongshul Godwin Ashima

        Who is the mumu here? Can you point out where it is stated that the entire south east was given 43 PUs? Is it not written that Imo was given 43? Is there a need for this blind argument of yours here or are you just pursuing a selfish agenda devoid of truth?

      • Wähala

        Mumu, only Imo State has 43units and not the entire South East… stop stoking ethnic jingoism, Igbos are not like ogogoro-damaged Ijaws, your tirades cannot influence any sleepy Igbos muchless acute minds. Why Premium Times still tolerates your rubbish beats me, they should urgently ban you like all other newspapers because yours is to cause confusion and set people against each other… like Ebola Jona Dumbo, like Crumbie. Wicked Ijaw baztards, Drunkards!

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    >>> WHERE IS AMINU TAMBUWAAL AND HIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ??? >>>

    Where is Aminu Tambuwaal and his House of Representatives …… why is he not setting up a committee to invite Jega for explanations as he has always done when Southerners are involved ?

    We must deal with Bola Tinubu ….. the traitor !!!

  • redeem

    The question we should all ask ourselves is why baby pancake—the Arewa Peoples Congress–APC—the main janjaweed Islamic party of the jihadist from the Fulani North now quiet———————we have not heard a single noise from them since lagos was given extra 3,000 polling units——————–by Jegas rigging machine—————if the arrangement was not favorable by them they the boko haramic jihadist would have forced lair mohamed to go to sharia reporters-with the islamic agenda of APC for Nigeria-

    • wode

      Chief, why are you so comfortable being at the side of deceit? If no any other thing, the paragraph below should be enough to properly align your thinking;

      “The state-by-state analysis shows that while Lagos will have the highest number of the PUs with 3,159 PUs, while Imo State will have the least with 42.”

      Are both states not APC states? Are they not both in the south? It’s indeed very destructive to be paranoiac and deceitful. Lean to avoid the attitude.

      • djay

        Are you replying the irredeemable one, it’s obvious he is just there to deceive those shallow minded ones.

  • wode

    “Forget about removal. Any of us here can fall and die tomorrow. So long as we are here we will do what we believe is right. We did not lobby anybody to come here. We were brought here because people knew we will do the right thing and we will continue to do it as long as we have the opportunity to continue to do it.

    “So, don’t worry. I myself I won’t wait until I am fired. The day I know myself I can’t do this job to satisfy my conscience I will leave. I am here in INEC to do national service and I believe I am making sacrifices, not only myself but also the national commissioners.”

    I think those words are enough for the wise.

  • Countryman

    People of southern geopolitical zones, if Jega is allowed to allocate the said polling units as being planned. Remember my words, we will regret in future and it will be a very Big blow and disadvantage to the 3 geopolitical zones in the south.Just imagine the ratio; 21,000 against 8,000. Let us shine our eyes and say capital “NO” to this New polling units. Gbam!

  • Wähala

    “The simplest way to distribute 150,000 polling units is to divide the number of registered voters in that state by 500”

    Anybody who does not understand the simple logic behind Prof. Jega’s efforts to reduce stress of voting on election day needs his head shaved… yesooh! Fossils like Alex Ekwueme, Edwin Clark and Sen. Femi Okurounmu under the aegis of SNPA (Southern Naija Peoples Assembly) are old clowns stoking regional tension on common sense issue. They’re the oldies calling for Jega’s balls. Elections are about numbers and since facts cannot be argued, the number of registered voters after screening for duplicitous names, leaves Northern Nigeria with more potential voters that the South… shikena. The only redress to that is for Southerners to start marrying four wives and popping babies at lightening pace if they want to counter the Aboki advantage in number of registered voters… plain truth. A presidency that has taunted fair-n-free elections as part of Dumbo’s achievements should not be afraid of more polling units if they’re sure he has performed good enough to be deserve re-election. The more the polling units, the harder it will be for ballot box snatching because it simply means more PU’s to cover… a brilliant move by Jega to pull the rug from under evil doers’ feet. Hahahaa chai. Interesting move to #DumpDumboBiko-in-2015… a national priority!

    • Es3

      When a case has gone pathological like your hatred for Jonathan, it leaves room for genuine concern on your well-being!!!

      Did you read anywhere that Jonathan is complaining? Or that to you, the people from Southern part of Nigeria complaining equals to Jonathan’s complain??? Worse still, is it a case of a terrible brain wave???!

      Even your suggestion on how the south can increase their population is at best, appalling!!! What happened to suggestion on voters awareness and mass mobilization of people from the South to register to vote during this on-going continuous registration of voters for a start???!

    • ifebuche

      Guy how do you ascertain the number of group of people who on census days won’t allow you go to a particular part of the house to do your work because ‘women’ are there? How do you come out and tell us the population of a place like that is that is this or that?

      • joe

        That’s not a point. Fellow women are allowed to censor the women folk.

        • ifebuche

          And how many women are among the staff of the census team. Be real.

  • akin (UK)

    I think the first question to ask is what the number of register voters are in each state. Then one can see or query the justification of PUs allocated.

  • ifebuche

    How how do you ascertain the number of group of people who on census days won’t allow you go to a particular part of the house to do your work because ‘women’ are there? How do you come out and tell us the population of a place like that is that is this or that?

  • politician

    huh

  • Comfortkay

    INEC is working for the PDP and not Nigerian, more polling units for goats and cows?
    What makes the Northern more than those in the south?, That is the problem of Nigeria we don’t have a census that tells us how many Nigerian are @ home and abroad.

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