20 November 2012

Nigeria: INEC to Begin Constituency Delimitation Ahead of 2015 Polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, has said that it would soon embark on constituency delimitation.

Declaring open a three day workshop for information officers drawn from across the country in Abuja, yesterday, Jega said that the exercise would precede the creation of new polling units before the 2015 elections.

Jega said that because the exercise had been put on hold for long, INEC had to create additional polling booths during the 2011 general elections and some other elections at the state level, aimed at decongesting polling units."

Represented by the National Commissioner, Publicity, Dr Chris Iyimoga, Jega said that the constituency delimitation process had become necessary because there had been demographic shift in some parts of the country, occasioned by issues such as religious crisis, natural disasters and population explosion.

Jega said plans were in place by INEC to embark on sensitisation tour of the states to drum up support for the impending constituency delimitation.

The chairman noted that building the capacities of INEC affairs officers for effective service delivery had become imperative for them to work to optimum capacity.

He said that the success of the exercise rested on every staff of the commission and therefore challenged them to be more committed towards the activities of the commission.

Jega said that with the printing of permanent voters' card in progress, INEC would soon continue with registration of voters.

He added that the commission would also regularly update the voters' register to eliminate names of those that might have died, including names of new voters that attained voting age during the period. (NAN)

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