The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced yesterday that 176,846 polling units (PUs) will be available for the 2023 general elections, a 56,872 increase or approximately 41% increase over the previous 119,974 units, as part of its efforts to deliver credible, transparent elections and increase voter participation.
According to a breakdown of the distribution announced by the commission’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja, while the north received additional 31,196 units, the south received 25,676 new booths, resulting in a 5, 529-unit difference.
A quick glance at the state-by-state breakdown revealed that Lagos ranked first with 4,861 PUs, followed by Kano (3,148), Kaduna (2,910), Rivers (2424), and Plateau (2424). (2,358). With 250 new PUs, Ekiti State has the lowest number.
In addition, with the number of polling units in the country having expanded to 176, 846, the North now has 93,191 PUs compared to 83,655 in the South, a difference of 9,536 PUs.
The North Central has 27,514 PUs, up from 15,981 previously, while the North West has 29,554 PUs and the North East has 24,006.
The South-South now has 9,367 PUs, bringing its total to 27,126, while the South East, which had 15,549 PUs before, now has 21,631 and the South West, which had 24, 671 PUs before, now has 34, 898.
Some voting stations, including as those in shrines, private residences, and woods, were transformed to polling units, according to Yakubu, He set the dates for the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states for June 18 and July 16, 2022.
The governorship of Ekiti State will end on October 15, 2022, while that of Osun will end on November 26 of the same year, according to INEC Chairman.
Written by Olusanya Olutayo