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Kano PVC distribution hits 82%, says INEC


AHEAD of March 8 deadline, the distribution of permanent voter cards (PVCs) in Kano has reached 82 per cent, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.

Kano has the largest number of voters across the country with over 4.9 million eligible voters registered.

Besides, the Kano INEC has taken delivery of additional 800, 000 PVCs and over 10,000 biometric card readers from its headquarters.

The commission posited that the new PVC is essentially meant for about 795 polling units whose data were corrupted.

Resident electoral commissioner in Kano, Alhaji Mukaila Abdullahi who hinted this while speaking with journalists said INEC is prepared to conduct credible elections in the state.

Although INEC resident electoral commissioner revealed that Kano is still awaiting about 300 thousand more PVC, he noted that the commission is working tireless on distribution channels with additional adhoc staff to facilitate the collection.

The commissioner noted that the rescheduled of the elections has afforded opportunity to perfect plans and logistics for successful poll.

According to Mukaila, the commission had commenced deployment of major non-sensitive materials across the 44 local government areas ahead of March 28 and April 11 2015 general elections.

The INEC boss said ” the postponement of elections though against our wish has been taken in good faith but still we would use the window to perfect our arrangement. As far as INEC is concerned, we are working assiduously to supply all the non sensitive materials across all the 44 LG.

“As I speak most of the non-sensitive materials have been been received and distributed. We are also using the period to engage the key stakeholders to perfect our plans. You will recall that during the last distribution exercise there were lost of data at about 795 polling units in Kano. All those cards have been reproduced and now due for collection,”  Mukaila emphasized.

The INEC commissioner explained that not less than 40, 000 adhoc staff have been recruitment and the commission is currently in the process of concluding training for the new workers.

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