The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Katsina has issued 2,845,149 permanent voters cards (PVCs) out of 2,953,995 PVCs produced for registered eligible voters in the state between 2015 and August this year.
Alhaji Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Katsina on Friday, said 2,892,678 people were registered in the state, while 2,787,087 eligible voters collected their PVCs, with 55,591 PVCs yet to be collected.
According to him, the uncollected PVCs belonged to some people who have either been transferred from the state or died after the registration exercise.
He explained that, after the 2015 general elections, INEC commenced the continuation of the Voters Registration (CVR) exercise, stating that, between July and December 2017, 111,317 people got registered in the state.
“Between January and Aug. 29, 2018, 217,940 people were registered during the continuous voters’ registration (CVR) across the 34 local government areas of the state.
“In all, since we started the CVR exercise in 2017 to Aug. 29, 2018, we were able to register 329,257 people in Katsina State.
“Most of those registered were the people who have either attained the age of 18 years after 2015, or not registered during that period, or lost their PVCs or transferred from other states,’’ he said.
Zarewa, who announced the suspension of the exercise till after the 2019 general elections, however, said the commission would continue the issuance of PVCs to people who had been captured.
He concluded that the suspension would enable INEC to consolidate and prepare voters registers for the coming elections next year.