Just In: INEC Set To Create More Federal, State Constituencies Ahead Of 2023 Elections
About 25 years after the last one was conducted, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has activated the process of delineation of federal constituencies in accordance with provisions of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
Customarily, both the constitution and the Electoral Act, provide that a review of electoral constituencies for the various political offices in the country be carried out after every national headcount or every ten years.
The political exercise which is intended to provide a level playing ground for all those vying for elections as well as deepen the democratic process, involves the reappraisal of the defining criteria for the constituencies such as increase or decrease in population as well as boundary shifts, among other factors.
But in an outright breach of constitutional provisions, the last constituency delineation in the country was conducted in 1996.
The planned constituency delineation followed a request by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the National Assembly.
Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, assured Nigerians that the National Assembly will work with INEC to properly delineate electoral constituencies across the country ahead of the 2023 general election.
Lawan gave the assurance yesterday when a delegation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by its chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, paid him a visit in his office in Abuja.
The Senate president said the delineation of electoral constituencies in the country would enhance democracy as well as provide equitable and fair representation in Nigeria’s governance structure.
He explained further that having more districts and constituencies would present a level playing field for all Nigerians to elect leaders of their choice at the polls.
He underscored the need for the federal government to find a way around getting accurate information about the country’s population size, stressing that such information is significant and critical for the creation of more constituencies in disadvantaged areas.