The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednannounced the creation of additional 56, 872 Polling Units (PUS) across the country.

With the new units, Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged PUs.

A breakdown of the 176,846 PUs shows Lagos topping the list with 13,390. It is followed by Kano with11,222 and Kaduna with 8,012.

Zonal analysis of the PUs, has the Northwest topping with 41,671 followed by Southwest with 34,868. Northcentral has 27,514; Southsouth, 27, 126; Northwest, 24, 806 and Southeast, 21,631.

A further breakdown of the PUs shows that in the Southwest, Oyo State has 6,390; Ogun, 5, 042; Osun, 3,763; Ondo, 3, 933 and Ekiti, 2,445.

Anambra State has 5,720 poling units out of the 21,631 created in the Southeast. Enugu State has 4,145; Imo State, 4,759; Abia State, 4, 062 and Ebonyi State, 2,946.

In the Southsouth, Delta State has 5,863; Edo State, 4,519; Rivers State, 6,866; Akwa Ibom State 4,353; Cross River State, 3, 281 and Bayelsa State 2, 244.

In the Northcentral, Benue State has 5, 106 PUs; Niger State, 4,950; Plateau State, 4, 989; Kogi State, 3, 508; Nasarawa State, 3,256; Kwara State, 2,887 and FCT, 2, 822.

Borno State has the highest number of PUs in the Northeast with 5,871 followed by Bauchi State with 5,423. Adamawa State has 4,104 PUs; Taraba State, 3,597; Gombe State 2,988 and Yobe State, 2, 823.

In the Northwest, Kano State tops with 11,222; Kaduna State, 8,012; Katsina State, 6,652; Jigawa State, 4,522; Sokoto State, 3,991; Kebbi State, 3,743 and Zamfara State, 3,529.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakabu said in Abuja yesterday that the new PUs were historical because they were achieved 25 years after previous attempts.

Yakabu added that 749 old PUs were relocated from “inappropriate locations” to appropriate public facilities or open spaces.

Out of the 749 , “232 were removed from private properties; 145 from palaces; six from mosques; 21 from churches and nine from shrines.”

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