The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has created additional 56,872 polling units to make the voting process easier for Nigerians.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said in a statement the new polling units were created to decongest overpopulated ones.
Yakubu said INEC would send bulk SMS messages to voters that have migrated to new polling units and those who transferred their voting rights to new polling units.
He said the commission discovered during recent mock accreditation exercise that some eligible voters turned up in wrong polling units.
“Arising from recent mock accreditation nationwide, using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, some voters turned up at wrong polling units.
“This happened both in cases where the commission migrate voters to other polling units.
“And where they voluntarily chose new voting locations during the last Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
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“We believe that there could be other voters in the same situation.
“We must address this challenge so that it does not happen on Election Day.
“In order to ease the process, the Commission is sending bulk phone text messages (SMS) to citizens voting in new polling units.
“Similarly, we have sent the register of such voters for each state to the Resident Electoral Commissioners for publicity.
“This is sent, particularly through messages in local languages,” the statement read in part.
Furthermore, the commission is offering two unique ways by which voters can locate and confirm their polling units before election days.
“This can be done by sending a normal text message or by simply visiting our website.
“The detailed procedure is attached to this message and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms.”
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