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INEC to publish list of new polling units

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By Lawrence Nwimo

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced that it will publish the list of new polling units next week.

The chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this while receiving a new fire engine deployed to the agency’s premises by the Federal Fire Service.

He disclosed that, for the first time in 25 years, the Commission had concluded work on the expansion of voter access to polling units ahead of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise, adding that details of the locations of the registration centres and the procedure for the commencement of online registration would also be made available after a series of consultative meetings with stakeholders next week.

The chairman recalled that, concerned by the incidents, the commission convened an emergency meeting of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security last week at which the security agencies renewed their determination to collaborate more with the commission to address the challenge beyond the routine protection of Independent National Electoral Commission assets and the security of its officials, voters, observers, the media, candidates and their agents during elections hence the Federal Fire Service offered to deploy additional state-of-the-art fire engine to the Independent National Electoral Commission headquarters to complement the two existing trucks.

Yakubu, noted that the Federal Fire Service had also directed its state offices to take additional protective measures around other INEC facilities nationwide.

Orient Daily reports that the fire engine was deployed by the Federal Fire Service, as a member of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security and with concern about the recent assaults on INEC offices across the country. 

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