The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tuesday started a nationwide verification exercise for centres proposed to be converted to polling units across the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu kicked off the exercise with polling units in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State.
He made the announcement while speaking to reporters during his visit at the INEC’s office in Karu Local Government, Nasarawa State, where 395 voting points are being converted to polling units.
According to him, the exercise was to ensure that the right thing is being done in the process of the expansion.
Yakubu assured that the Continuous Voters Registration exercise would commence on June 28 after the PUs conversion.
“All the National Commissioners are out, visiting the states of the Federation to verify the work of converting the voting points to polling units.
“So, we decided from the headquarters to visit some of the polling units and voting points in the FCT and also in the Karu Local Government, Nasarawa State.
“We have done that of FCT; we are now in Karu.
“You will recall that as part of our engagement with stakeholders, we show images of one of the congested polling units in the country from Karu in Nasarawa State.
“So, I have to verify that the right thing is being done in converting those voting points to polling units and relocating them in line with the Commission’s guidelines.
“So far, it is work in progress. At the end of the exercise, we will address the media,” he said.
Recall that the electoral umpire at the beginning of the year started the expansion of polling units following complaints that the polling units were too congested.
The exercise delayed the commission from resuming the CVR earlier.