The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has created 1,235 new polling units to enhance voter access to electoral services in Imo State.
Imo State now has a total of 4,758 polling units spread across the Twenty Seven Local Government areas of the state.
Resident Electoral Commission Imo State, Prof. Francis Ezeonu disclosed this while briefing journalists on the activities of the Commission in Owerri.
He said the new polling units were carved out of the existing voting points and voting point settlements which were created in 2011 to address overcrowding arising from the emergence of settlements.
Prof Ezeonu explained that the creation of new polling units was part of measures to address declining voter turnout during elections and maintain safety at polling units by way of physical distancing in line with COVID-19 preventive measures.
He noted that Electoral Officers at the local government identified suitable places for locating the new polling units and geo-referenced them using Global Positioning System coordinates.
The Commissioner added that the names and delineation data of the new polling units will be published when the ongoing verification is concluded.