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UPDATE - INEC upgrades 1,750 voting points to polling units in Katsina



 The State Resident Electoral Commissioner for Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC) in Katsina State, Jibril Ibrahim Zarewa, has said that 1,750 voting points in the state have been upgraded to polling units after wide consultations.

Ibrahim-Zarewa disclosed this in a stakeholders meeting involving political parties and civil societies organisations held at the INEC Stakeholders Conference Hall Forum on Wednesday, 14 July, 2021.

“Katsina with 4,902 polling units has an additional 1,750, making it a total of 6,652. It is to be noted that the 4,902 created in 1996 will remain in their known locations.

“With the exception of three in Danja the one in Dutsi Local Government Areas, respectively, moved to other polling units at appropriate locations,” Ibrahim-Zarewa said.

However, the INEC commissioner further revealed that it is the responsibility of registered voters to initiate their transfer to one of the new polling units as the commission had not moved any person through the process of populating them and as being mapped out by INEC, under the continuous voter registration exercise.

Ibrahim-Zarewa equally notified the stakeholders that voter registration has commenced since June 28 nationwide.

He further said that conduct of the exercise would only be carried out in areas without security challenges in the state.

He urged politicians and stakeholders not to hesitate in pointing out identified areas with security issues for prompt actions.

He said the exercise is targeted at giving those who had attained the age of 18 the opportunity to register and exercise their franchise whenever the need arises.

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