Tuesday, January 11, 2011

INEC approves 8,465 polling units for Lagos

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it had approved 8,465 Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines and polling units for the voter registration and elections coming up in April.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Centre of Excellence, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, who made the disclosure in Lagos said that over 240,000 adhoc workers have been employed to conduct the registration and voting process.

The adhoc staff, he pointed out, comprises members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and senior staff of the universities, among others.
“The polling units have been verified and harmonised and can now be viewed on Google maps by every Nigerian,” he said, adding that the commission has in addition approved over 8,465 DDC machines.
“INEC has developed a software. This software will enhance and improve the accuracy and convenience with which the register can be revised and updated to tackle the lingering challenges that has questioned our voters register in the past elections conducted in the country.
“The commission will also construct a situation report room so that stakeholder can inform the commission about voter’s registration problem as they develop so that the commission will be able to tackle the problem as they arrive. INEC has acquired more boats and vehicles to assist the commission to penetrate difficult terrain in the country during the election.”
He noted that voter registration forms the bedrock of any credible election, adding that without a credible voters register, there cannot be a credible election in the country.
He said the commission decided to organise the exercise due to a research conducted by INEC’s sampled 100 polling units from 19 randomly selected states, adding that the results are alarming as those under age registered in hundreds.

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