Ahead of the Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa Kogi and Imo States, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed that election will not take place in 40 Polling Units (PUs) that have no registered voters.
Thirty eight of them were found in Imo while two are in Bayelsa State.
In a chat with Prime Business Africa, Rotimi Oyekanmi, spokesperson to the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said there won’t be any deployment of election materials and officials to those poing units on Saturday.
Mr Oyekanmi said all the 18 registered political parties participating in the election were aware of the situation and would not expect election results from those PUs.
He said: “There are no registered voters attached to those 38 PUs in Imo. No election materials and officials will be deployed there. There are also two PUs in Bayelsa State where voting will not take place for the same reason.
“All the 18 political parties are aware and no election results are expected from those PUs.”
Prime Business Africa understands that prior to the expansion of access to Polling Units done by INEC in 2021 to make them closer to the people, Imo had 3,523 PUs but after the exercise, it increased by 35 per cent to 4,758 in the state. However, many registered voters did not choose the PUs both during registration and transfer making them to have zero voters.
Below are the list of the PUs in Bayelsa and Imo with no registered voters: