INEC Receives ICCES Support On Creation Of Polling Units

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received the support of the Inter -Agency Consultative Committee on Elections Security (ICCES) towards its desire to convert voting points and voting point settlements to full fledged polling units ahead of future elections .

The support by ICCES was the highpoint of the commission’s engagement Wednesday with various security agencies who, however cautioned that the location of the proposed Polling Units should be “suitable, accessible, secure and conducive for voting”.

The resolution of the meeting signed by Barrister Festus Okoye lauded the decision to increase voter access since it eases the task of securing vote in a crowded environment.

Twenty one different security and paramilitary outfits participated in the discussion jointly anchored by INEC chairman, Professor Manhood Yakubu and the representative of National Security Adviser, Sanusi Galadima.

The resolution reads :

*That given the current state of voter access to Polling Units in Nigeria, expanding access to Polling Units is fundamental and critical to the exercise of the right to vote and to the conduct of free, fair, credible and safe elections.

*That it is important and necessary to widely consult with all electoral stakeholders to develop a consensus and build trust in expanding Voter access to Polling Units.

  • That ICCES supports the INEC proposal of converting the existing and well-known Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements into full-fledged Polling Units as a practical and realistic way to expand Voter access to Polling Units.

*That ICCES will collaborate with the Commission in achieving this objective and in promoting measures towards a routinized and seamless adjustment for expanding Voter Access to Polling Units as the need arises in the future.

*That in expanding Voters access to Polling Units, due attention should be paid to location of the proposed Polling Units in suitable, accessible, secure and conducive environments for voting.

*That all stakeholders should support INEC’s efforts to expand voter access to Polling Units and avoid politicizing the issues involved.