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2023: INEC creates 6,390 additional polling units

INEC logo and INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu

INEC chairman - Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission has created additional 6,390 polling units across Oyo State after the 2019 elections.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Rahmon Tella, announced this during the weekend at the peace accord signing by governorship candidates in Ibadan.

He said despite that 396,229 applicants completed fresh registration, only about 340,938 were valid.

Tella, who was explaining the improvements, which the commission had made since the last general election, said INEC was prepared to make the 2023 elections free, fair and credible if politicians and other stakeholders played their roles according to the rules.

He further explained that the new polling units, which brought the total to 6,390 in the state, were aimed at widening access to voting for citizens in existing and new communities across the state, especially in areas where existing units were overpopulated and new communities springing up in towns and cities.

“With the development, voters will no longer face the hardship of having to travel back to where they used to live before casting their votes.

“Out of the completed 396,229 fresh registration, about 340,938 remained valid registrants, having about 55,291 (14%) invalid registrants in totality,” the Nation quoted him as saying.

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