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