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Additional polling units: INEC’s plan to rig 2015 elections, Southern Assembly alleges

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LEADERS of the Joint Meeting of the Elders

Council and Management Committee of the

Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA),

Chief Edwin Clark, former Vice President Alex

Ekwueme and Right Reverend Bolanle

Gbonigi, on Tuesday, took a swipe at the

chairman of the Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor

Atahiru Jega, over the creation of additional

30,000 polling units and their arbitrary

allocation to the North.

Clark, the coordinating chairman of the

Assembly, said the allocation was more of a

political conspiracy by the Attahiru Jega-led

INEC to rig the 2015 election against the

Southern region of the country.

He said out of the 30,000 newly created

polling units, the North got 21,615 at the

detriment of the South, with just 8,412,

adding that despite the worried concern and

non-acceptance of the voodoo allocation by

well meaning Nigerians, INEC blatantly failed

to shift ground.

Clark, in Abuja, on Tuesday, during the

emergency joint meeting of the elders council

and management committee of the Assembly

said, “No amount of explanation will be

acceptable to the voters of Southern Nigeria.”

In his speech, chairman, Yoruba Unity Forum

and leader of South West delegation to the

meeting, Reverend Emmanuel Gbonigi, who

was represented by Senator Femi

Okurounmu, said the sharing formula

adopted by INEC, tilted specifically to favour

the North, was the crux of the matter.

He said INEC’s decision to allocate more

additional polling units to the North lacked

logic and wisdom, particularly with lower

turnout at previous elections and the massive

exodus of citizens from many of the troubled

parts of the North.

“The commission has exceeded its mandate

by restructuring the number of polling units

nationwide.

“The criteria above lack any logic or merit

except to create bank of votes for the North

to deploy during presidential elections or

when a referendum is needed to decide

fundamental national issues,” the leader of

the Yoruba Unity Forum said.

The Assembly, however, called for the

immediate withdrawal of what it described as

offensive proposal.

It also called on INEC to discard the proposed

30,000 additional polling units and commence

immediate consultation, with a view to

charting a way forward.

It further stressed that INEC must conduct

2015 elections on the existing 120,000 polling

unit structures nationwide.

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