As part of measures to ensure improved elections in 2023 and address requests for creation of more polling units, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is set to convert existing voting points and voting points settlement into polling units.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo state, Mr. Mutiu Agboke made this known at the enlarged stakeholders’ meeting on the state of voter access to polling units in Oyo state held in Ibadan.
Mr. Agboke highlighted the benefits of the exercise to include decongestion of existing polling units and improved access to electoral services by Nigerians.
The REC, who hinted that INEC Continuous Voters Registration, CVR, will begin on 28th June and continues for a year, stressed that the commission is migrating from Direct Data Capture Machine, DDCM, to INEC Voter Enrolment Device, IVED.
Mr Agboke also disclosed that the commission is building a new online registration portal to enable new registrants begin registration online and complete the capture of their biometric data at designated registration centres.
In their remarks, two members of the House of Representatives, Mr. Shina Peller, representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola Federal Constituency and Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, representing Oluyole Federal Constituency commended INEC for early preparations towards credible elections in 2023.
Also speaking, Oyo State Director, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mrs Folake Ayoola, promised to collaborate with INEC in addressing low voter turnout.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo state, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Ojo, urged state and non-state actors to prioritize what they can do to make Nigeria greater, while calling on politicians to shun violence and thuggery for peaceful elections.
The meeting had in attendance Federal lawmakers, Inter-party Advisory Council, IPAC, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN and political party stalwarts.
Representatives of Nigerian Army, NSCDC, DSS were also at the programme.