Ambassador Emmanuel Nkweke the leader of INEC elections observers in 2011 aka Mr. Votes Count; the Nigerians’ votes campaigner has condemned in totality the additional 30,000 polling units announced by the INEC chairman Prof. Atahuru Jega.
It would be recalled that an additional thirty thousand (30,000) INEC polling units across the nation was announced by Prof. Jega, a couple of weeks ago.
Reacting to the development Amb. Emmanuel Nkweke aka Mr. Vote Count while in a chat with journalists in Port Harcourt condemned the act stressing that the additional polling units were designed to undo the people of Southern part of the country suggesting that polling units should be equitably distributed between the North and the southern part of the country.
According to him, the polling units supposed to be fifty thousand to the northern while the other fifty thousand should be for the south pointing out that anything short of that is unacceptable.
Amb. Nkweke, however suggested that the one hundred and twenty thousand polling units in the federation should be reviewed with immediate effect as to win the heart of the electorate.
He further disclosed that he is leading the Civil Society Organization, CSO for the assessment of all the polling units in Nigeria, adding that the assessment tour will be sponsored by the International Association of World Peace Advocate.
Amb. Nkweke observed that since 2012 flood that took place in some states of the nation, most of the polling units were heavily affected revealing that the basic essence of the assessment was to ascertain their preparedness for 2015 elections.
He, however advised INEC to ensure that the 2015 election is free and transparent, and called on INEC to design a template that will favour all political parties in Nigeria irrespective of ethnicity, positions, religious or class.
He finally commended INEC for the conduct of the Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections recently and urged INEC to advance the conduct of the election in the forthcoming 2015 general election. ###
Emeka Jilly Ejiowhor