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Reps urges INEC to create more state constituencies

Professor-Mahmood-Yakubu INEC ChairmanTHE House of Representatives yesterday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently commence the creation of additional state constituencies in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kogi, Imo, and Benue states.

This is to ensure that the number of seats at the Houses of Assembly is multiplied by three or four times the number of seats in the House of Representatives.

The House at its plenary session yesterday also urged all the other government agencies concerned with ensuring the creation of the additional constituencies to comply with the provision of the constitution.

These resolutions were sequel to a motion on “the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to comply with the mandate of creating additional state constituencies in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 constitution” brought by Francis Uduyok.

The parliament noted that, “Section 91 of the constitution of Nigeria, 1999 states that subject to the provisions, a House of Assembly of a state shall consist of three or four times the number of seats which that state has in the House of Representatives divided in a way to reflect as far as possible nearly equal population: provided that a House of Assembly of a state shall consist of not less than 24 and not more than 40 members.”

Moving the motion, Uduyok argued that, “Section 112, which states that subject to the provisions of sections 91 and 113 of this constitution, the Independent National Electoral Commission shall divide every state in the federation into such number of state constituencies as equal to 3 or 4 times the number of federal constituencies within that state.

“It is the duty of INEC to create state constituencies in line with sections 112, 113 and 114 of the constitution,” the lawmaker told the House yesterday.

He argued that some people in some states may not be well represented going by the requirements of fairness in sections 91, 112 and 114 of the constitution.



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