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Southern Leaders Reject INEC’s Proposed 30, 000 Polling Units


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Leaders of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, SNPA, have rejected the new polling units created by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ahead of the 2015 general election.

The leaders, led by Edwin Clark and Bolanle Gbonigi, said that the additional 30,000 polling units proposed by INEC’s chairman, Attahiru Jega, were not proportionately allocated between the North and South.

At a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, SNPA lamented that while INEC allocated 21, 615 polling units to the North, the South got only 8, 412 units.

Clark said emphatically that the figures were unacceptable to the SNPA and the people of the entire southern region which the group represents.

According to him, INEC by the arrangement had embarked on a political conspiracy against southern Nigeria.

He therefore asked the commission to quickly correct the anomaly.

He expressed shock that INEC gave more polling units to Borno, Bauchi and Adamawa, states in the North-east zone where several Nigerians have fled or have been displaced because of the insurgency in the area.

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Giving a breakdown of the allocation, Clark said: “We view with restrain the significant differences between the number of new polling units assigned to the whole of southern zones, (South-West: 4,160, South-South: 3,087 and South-East: 1,167) a total of 8,414 which is less that the figure of the North-West alone (7,906) added to the FCT (1,120) totaling 9,026.”

The SNPA therefore asked INEC to drop the proposed 30,000 additional polling units.

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