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INEC Cannot Create Illegal Polling Units – Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi

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Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Bye Election in NigeriaPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make public the location and status of polling units across the country.

PDP alleged that INEC was secretly planning to create 30,000 illegal polling units in compromised areas in favour of All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party alleged that there were series of “clandestine meetings’’ between “compromised officials of INEC and certain agents of APC.’’

PDP said that from the meeting, there was plot to sneak in 30,000 illegal polling units in some remote areas and through which they planned to allocate votes to the APC.

“Having completely lost confidence in the integrity of INEC under Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, we unequivocally demand that all processes leading to the 2019 must be subjected to open review of political parties and stakeholders at all levels.

“In this regard, we demand that INEC makes public the location and status of all polling units.

“We also demand that the report of INEC investigation of underage voters in various parts of the country, particularly, Kano and Katsina states be made public.”
Reacting to the accusation, INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the allegations were all false.

Osaze-Uzzi said “everybody knows the number of polling units in the country being published by INEC.

“The truth of the matter is that INEC cannot create illegal polling units because the law gives it the power to create polling units.

“If the commission has the power to create polling units, you cannot say it has created illegal polling units. We are not aware of such units and it is not true.

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“However, any time we create additional polling units, citizens and stakeholders including political parties, media and Civil Society Organisations would be informed.”