The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern over the low number of residents involved in the ongoing voter registration exercise in Katsina State.
The update was given by Alhaji Jibril Zarewa, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He disclosed that a year after the commencement of the PVC registration, the place was witnessing poor turnout in the recently established polling units.
"In May 2022 when we did an analysis, we realised out of the 1,750 newly established polling units, about 1,200 units did not have more than 50 people who registered in each of them.
"This registration involved transfers. Some of the polling units have zero registration, some have only one, some five while some have not more than 50 people who registered.
“Although this can be attributed to the suspension of telecommunication networks in 17 of the 34 Local Government Areas for about five months due to the security problem.
"Since the resumption of the exercise in March, out of the 1,750 polling units created, about 1,200 don’t have up to 50 people that registered in each of them.
"We are appealing to the people of those areas where the new polling units were created to go and register, as INEC is always ready for them.
"The reasons for the creation of additional polling units is to serve the areas and decongest the congested polling units through the transfer of their polling units", he stated.