The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday said that elections would not take place in 240 polling locations scattered across 28 states as a result of the surge of violence in various areas across the country.
The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known during a meeting with party leaders.
“There are 240 polling units without registered voters spread across 28 states and the FCT. They range from one polling unit to 12 polling units in the states as FCT except for Taraba and Imo states with 34 and 38 polling units respectively.
“No new registrant chose the polling units and no voter indicated interest to transfer to them during the last CVR mainly for security reasons. This means that no election would be held in these polling units,” the INEC Chairman said.
Earlier, the INEC said it is not supporting any candidate or any political party in the forthcoming general elections, maintaining that its only interest is in the electoral process.
The Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said this when he addressed Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) for the 2023 general election in Abuja.
According to a video the Commission posted on its Twitter handle on Sunday, February 12, Yakubu demanded neutrality from electoral officers.
“INEC is not a political party. INEC has no candidate in the election. Our commitment is to the process and we will make sure that the process is what we say it should be so that the choice made by Nigerians will determine the outcome of the process,” he said.
While calling on the SPOs to uphold the integrity of the process, the INEC chairman said they are critical to the success of the 2023 general elections.
“You are the people who supervise those who will work at the most important level, the polling unit level. That is the only place where voting takes place.
“The collation officers at the polling units level are collating results from the PUs. When collation officers at the PU go to the local government level, they are collating results from the PUs.
“When it goes to the state level they are collating results from the PUs and when they come to Abuja, where we collate the presidential result it would have passed through all these processes.
“So, by the time the results come to Abuja, Nigerians would have known the outcome of the election. Our responsibility is simply to collate,” he said.
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