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INEC adjusts electoral constituencies in 25 states

By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna — The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has adjusted electoral constituencies in 25 states of the federation.

Some of the adjustment affected boundaries of the senatorial districts and House of Representatives in eight states while the others had only their federal constituencies adjusted.

The states where the senatorial districts and House of Representative boundaries were adjusted are Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Cross River, Borno, Imo, Kaduna and Plateau.

Seven other states of Edo, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Cross River and Rivers had some of their senatorial districts adjusted while Akwa Ibom, Benue and Ogun states had only some of their boundaries for the Federal Constituencies (House of Representative) adjusted.

These were contained in a 237-page report on the delimitation of Senatorial/Federal Constituencies which the commission submitted to the National Assembly last week.

The National Advisory Committee on Delimitation of Constituencies, NACDC, which prepared the report on behalf of INEC was set up on January 8, 2008.

It was charged with the review of the federal constituencies in line with constitutional provisions that such review must be carried out once in 10 years.

However, in the report, INEC also proposed two options through which the number of states constituencies should be reviewed, even as it stated that some states had “excess” constituencies while others were “suppressed.”

According to the 1999 Constitution, an area with a population density of 150,000 people is qualified for a House of Representatives seat while those with 300,000 people can become a senatorial district.

The NACDC, however, observed that although the number of seats in the Senate is fixed at three Senators per state while the number of House of Representatives members cannot exceed 360, the number of legislators in state Houses of Assembly could be increased in accordance with the increase in the number of federal constituencies in some states.

INEC said: “Constituency boundaries in some of the affected states were adjusted in order to address the problem of significant differences in the population of constituencies.”


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