By Oyiza Bello – Lokoja
As part of efforts to address voter apathy, the Independent National Electoral Commission has created additional nine hundred and sixty polling units in Kogi state to expand voters access to polling units.
Kogi state INEC Resident Electoral commissioner, Professor James Apam made this known during a stakeholders meeting at INEC office Lokoja.
He said the meeting was to intimate relevant stakeholders on the creation of l additional polling units as the existing two thousand, five hundred and forty eight polling units no longer serve the people considering proximity of voters from existing ones.
According to him, creation of more polling units was long overdue as it is one of the factors mitigating low turn out of voters during election due to the growing population of people after the last creation twenty five years ago, relocation of voters and distance between the polling units and the people.
Professor Apam said, INEC decided that one of easiest way to bringing polling units closer to the people was to convert existing poliing points to polling units and relocate them to a more convenient areas without polling units.
During an interactive session, a participant Mallam Abubakar Zakaria commended INEC for their efforts towards easing the stress of voters and emphasized the need for proper enlightenment especially in the area of relocation of polling units, so that voters can know their new voting points.
Meanwhile, Continuous Voter Registration is expected to commence on the twenty eight of June twenty twenty one for registration of new voters, change of voting points as well as relocation of voter cards by old registered voters.