In preparation for the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has expanded polling units in Kwara State to Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty-Seven to address the issue of voters apathy and congestion.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Mallam Garba Attahiru Madami, who announced this during a stakeholder’s forum in Ilorin, explained that the existing One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Two polling units could no longer serve the increasing number of voters.
Mallam Attahiru Madami noted that the creation of additional One Thousand and Fifteen polling units would among other things, allow people have easy access to polling units, address voter apathy, improve quality of electoral services and ensure decongestion for safety of electorate in line with COVID-19 protocol.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner also told the forum that INEC would commence voters registration exercise would commence next month and would last for one year and six months, advising residents of voting age to do the needful.
Also, addressing stakeholders, the INEC Head of Electoral and Voter Education, Mr Yagba Kuru said that the polling units expands Sixteen Local Government Areas of Kwara State.
According to Mr Kuru, the polling units’ expansion is a continued exercise and assured the people in new settlements that their areas would also be captured in subsequent exercises.
In a remark, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba AbdulRaheem Oladele Adeoti commended INEC for the early preparation and advised the electoral umpire to work on bringing polling units nearer to the electorate.
There were contributions from other Royal Fathers, representatives of political parties, security agencies and Non Governmental Organisations among others.