By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
Jigawa State is to acquire 774 expanded voter access to polling units under the proposed upgrading and expanded polling units initiated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the Jigawa Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Mahmud Isa has disclosed.
Speaking while declaring open a stakeholders meeting on Expanded Voters Access to Polling Units in Nigeria in Dutse, he highlighted that least amongst the objective of the gathering is to expand voters access to polling units by converting existing voting points and voting points settlement’s into full polling units.
Similarly, to decongest existing polling units by reducing the number of voters per polling unit, ensure better access for persons with disability, to address the declining voter turn- out at elections due to lack of access to polling units, as well as to improve health safety conditions at polling units to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
According to the state REC, under no circumstance shall a polling unit be in either private compounds, royal palaces, residence of government officials, political party buildings, places designated for religious worship and building facilities that are in dispute.
Also, he stated that the essence is to ensure a conducive atmosphere for voters access to polling unit’s to exercise their voting rights well.
He called for collaborative efforts amongst INEC officials, traditional institutions, political parties, among other stakeholders for the success of the desired objectives.
In his remarks, the representative of the Emir of Dutse, Alh Mustapha Amin, the Wambai of Dutse called for collective sacrifice amongst all and sundry with all sense of humility.
Also speaking, the representative of the Emir of Kazaure, Alh. Yusuf Muhammad enjoined INEC to come out with a unified methodology acceptable by all and sundry which will address all minor electoral hitches for smooth conduct of future election’s.
Other issues thrashed during the meeting included violation of electoral guidelines by politicians during elections, delay in transporting electoral materials, poor voters education and inadequate security presence at polling units during elections, among other burning issues.
INEC promised to mend most of its shortcomings where necessary and transfer others to most appropriate channels for amendment.