The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has created 1,235 more polling units in Imo as part of efforts to decongest existing polling units across the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Professor Francis Ezeonu made the announcement on Wednesday during a press conference in Owerri.

Ezeonu disclosed that the state now boasts of 4,758 polling units as against an initial 3,523.

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Under the new arrangement, Owerri municipality has 122 new polling unit, followed by Owerri West with 117 polling units. Owerri North followed with 91 while Ikeduru local government has 8o and Aboh Mbaise with 79 new polling units.

He added that the commission has “undertaken a painstaking exercise of identifying suitable public places for locating these new polling units and geo-referencing them, using Global Positioning System, GPS, coordinates.”

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“It must be stated that the exercise was done purely on available data and approved guidelines.

“The Commission is undertaking a verification of this exercise and will, as soon as this is completed, compile the new polling units and publish their names and delineation data before the resumption of continuous voter registration exercise, scheduled to resume in June.”

He, however, assured areas with no suitable places for conversion that the voting points will be converted to polling units and retained in their present location.

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