The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) have announced a total of 176,846 polling units across the country. This was announced by the , INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu while addressing of INEC national Commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioners and journalists.
He said for about 25 years now, the country has been using 119,973 polling units created which needed to be upgraded. To arrive at the new figure of PUs, Professor Yakubu revealed that the Commission converted the existing 56,872 Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements and added them to the existing 119,974 Polling Units. Inec also relocated 749 polling units as they were sited at inappropriate locations and moved to appropriate public facilities or open spaces in line with INEC’s policy to guarantee unencumbered access to Polling Units for all voters. Of this number, 232 were removed from private properties, 145 royal palaces, 6 Mosques, 21 Churches and 9 Shrines. The remaining 336 Polling Units were relocated for various reasons which include distance, difficult terrain, congestion, communal conflict, new settlements and general insecurity.”
He however clarified that the new PUs would be effective from November 6 when the governorship election would be conducted in Anambra State.
“For subsequent elections, beginning from the Anambra State Governorship election holding on 6th November 2021, there will be no Voting Points anymore in Nigeria.”