TheÂ Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has created an additional 2,760 polling stations in Benue State, in addition to the exiting 3,691 units that had subsisted in the state before now.
The creation which now brings the total polling units in the state to 6,451, according to the commission, was aimed at providing a well articulated structure that could guarantee a level playing field for all political parties and eligible voters.
This hint was dropped by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Benue State, Senator Iliya Audu, in a lecture he delivered during the orientation of members of the Batch â€™Bâ€™ Group II of the NYSC at the Wannune Orientation Camp.
Presenting a paper he entitled: â€œBuilding Partnership for Credible Electionsâ€, Sen. Audu said as part of its constitutional responsibilities, the commission had been involved in the delimitation of constituencies in the country.
The REC noted that the action of the commission was also prompted by the determination of INEC to ensure transparency in the system and the survival of democracy in the country.
He informed further that the commission had also proposed additional 11 seats to the existing 29 in the state Assembly, stating that this was intended to guarantee more representation at the state constituency levels.
Represented by the Commissionâ€™s Administrative Secretary, Snr. Apostle Oladipo Oladapo, the INEC Resident Commissioner explained that the post 2007 elections had compelled the commission to engage NYSC corps members instead of adhoc staff who he regretted had created more problems for the commission during the elections.