By Tina Akannam
Dutse – Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, Alhaji Alili Galadima, has announcedÂ that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given approval for the creation of additional 1,600 polling units in Jigawa state beforeÂ the 2011 general elections.
Galadima who disclosed this in Dutse while speaking with newsmen said the creation of additional units was aimed at addressing some of the complaints received about location of polling booths during the 2007 elections.
He said the creation of the additional units would reduce pressure on existing ones, adding that taking polling centres closer to voters will enable eligible voters to exercise their right andÂ it will also address the problem of overcrowding of some polling units.
His words: â€œAs you will recall, during last elections, there were complaints that some of the polling units created by INEC were overcrowded while many others were said to be too far. These complaints were looked into by INEC, which is why we got the approval to create more units in the state.
â€œINEC expects that we create about 1,600 units in the state before the next elections. I am optimistic that this will address most of the complaints we received during our recent sensitisation tour of the state and we would be able to organise better elections with these new units,â€ he said.
According to him,Â when the new units become functional, Jigawa State would have over 5,000 units as against the 3,527 that are currently in existence.
The JISIEC then commended INEC approval for the creation of additional polling units in the state, stressing that the decision is a clear demonstration that the commission is responsive to the needs of the electorate.
On the sensitisation tour embarked by JISIEC, the chairman said one of the responsibilities of the commission was to sensitise people on their duties as regards elections and the creation of additional units.