The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has converted 1,374 voting points in Akwa Ibom State to Polling Units in the expansion of voter access to Polling Units exercise across the country. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in the state, Mr. Mike Igini who made this known during the stakeholders’ meeting held over the weekend in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, said the new Polling Units (PUs), were added to the existing 2,980 to bring the total number of PUs in the state to 4,354.
Igini explained that the expansion of voter access to the Polling Units project in the country has become very important because it gives spice and piquancy to democracy as well as meaning and purpose to the right to vote. He stressed that the phenomenal increase in the number of registered voters relative to the limited 2,980 Polling Units had led to over-crowded and over-congested Polling Units in the state during past elections.
The Governor of the state Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in his support statement says; he hopes that the sanctity of the Polling Units will be sustained by providing sufficient security in each of those new polling stations. “And of course, I think the security agencies have to relate and discuss this seriously, with INEC in our state and across the country on this issue,” the governor said.