INEC denounces low voter registration rate in Katsina

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The Katsina State Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the low turnout of residents registering for permanent voter cards at the newly established 1,750 polling stations.

INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Alhaji Jibril Zarewa revealed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Katsina.

He said that a year after registration for the PVC began, there had been low turnout by people registering at the newly created polling stations.

Zarewa said: “In May 2022, when we did an analysis, we realized that out of the 1,750 newly created polling stations, about 1,200 stations had no more than 50 people registered in each one.

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“This registration involved transfers. Some voting units have no registration, others only one, others five, while others have no more than 50 people registered.

“Although this can be attributed to the suspension of telecommunication networks in 17 out of 34 local government areas for about five months due to the security issue.

“Since the resumption of the exercise in March, of the 1,750 polling stations created, approximately 1,200 do not have up to 50 people who have registered in each of them.

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“We call on residents of the areas where the new voting units have been created to go and register, because INEC is always ready for them.

“The reasons for creating additional voting units are to serve areas and decongest congested voting units by transferring their voting units.”

He revealed that there were initially 4,902 polling stations in the state, but with the creation of new stations, there are currently 6,652 polling stations.

Zarewa explained that the collection of PVCs is appreciable, saying that towards the 2019 elections, INEC had to stop issuing PVCs.

“At that time, we had about 3% of our cards collected, which means that of the 3.230 million PVC we had, about 50,000 were uncollected.

“As of January 12, 2022, we removed 53,000 from headquarters, and just a few days ago we took another 20,000 for people who made corrections,” he said.

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