House of Representatives yesterday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to create more state constituencies so as to ensure equity and fairness in the polity.
The lawmakers unanimously agreed that the action was in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion titled ‘Need for INEC to Comply with Mandate to Create Additional State Constituencies in Accordance with the Provisions of the 1999 Constitution,’ sponsored by Hon. Charles Uduyon (APC, Akwa Ibom).
In his submission, Uduyon informed the House that Section 91 of the 1999 Constitution clearly stated that “subject to the provisions of the constitution, a House of Assembly of a State shall consist of three or four times the number of seats it has in the House of Representatives.”
He also noted that in a state House of Assembly, the number of seats shall consist of not less than 20 and not more than 40 members.
The lawmaker pointed out that the provision of Section 112 of the constitution stated that “subject to the provisions of the constitution, INEC shall divide the number of constituencies in a state to equal three or four times the number of federal constituency.”
He expressed concerns that some states of the federation might not have been well represented given the requirement for fairness and equity in accordance with principles of federalism.
Speaking in support of the motion, Hon Hassan Saleh (PDP, Benue) stated that the creation of constituencies was very important in the country’s democracy to ensure equal representation.
He noted that the entire country had had equal representation until 1999 when INEC decided to suppress equal representation, adding that as population grows, there was need for equal representation.

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