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INEC, Surveyor-General Revisit Delimitation Of Constituencies, Create 30,000 More Polling Units Nationwide

INEC new chairThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to revisit its suspended plan of delimitation of constituencies which created 30,000 additional polling units to ensure that all Polling Units have about 500 voters each throughout the country.

Prof. Attahiru Jega, the former INEC chairman, shelved the project ahead of the 2015 poll because the 30,000 polling units project sparked uninformed protests from the South of the country with the allegation that they were skewed in favour of the North.

Mrs Amina Bala Zakari, acting Chairman of the Commission, said on Wednesday INEC is ready to complete it when Mr Ebisintei Awudu, the newly appointed Surveyor General of the Federation (SGOF), led a delegation to the commission.

Zakari noted that the delimitation exercise which commenced before the last general election was put on hold due to the high level of controversy generated by the project at that time.

She said: “Now that the elections are over, we have to dust up our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and process the agreement to commence the delimitation.”

She explained that apart from the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, the Commission had also signed partnership agreements with sister agencies like Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), National Air Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), National Population Commission (NPC) and others for collaboration on the delimitation project.

Zakari informed the new SGOF that the commission had already signed an MoU with the OSGOF not only for the provision of maps, but for technical support.

Earlier, Ebisintei Awudu had explained that the purpose of his visit was to bring up the issue of the earlier MoU his office and INEC had signed and to discuss other issues of mutual interest relating to surveying and mapping.

He further stated that his team was at the commission to discuss what the OSGOF could do to support in areas of constituency delimitation and any other possible support it could render in the upcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

The surveyor-general of the federation pledged to support the commission with 2.5m Satellite Imagery Map of the whole country, settlement data, training, technical and other logistic support.

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