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Over 2.2 million eligible voters cleared for Saturday’s polls in Jigawa: INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Jigawa on Friday said it was ready to conduct the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday across 4,519 polling units.

Professor Muhammad Lawal, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, said at a media briefing in Dutse that the commission had cleared a total of 2,292,372 eligible voters for election.

He also announced that sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, including Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), have been distributed to the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr Lawal, however, said that of the registered 2,351,298 voters in the state, 1,141,808 were female and 1,209,490 were male.

The REC also said that a total of 58,926 permanent voter cards (PVCs) which were found wanting, either for dual registration or other related problems, were not issued to the owners.

Mr Lawal said further that the commission had successfully monitored all parties’ campaign activities in the state without any major setback.

“We’ve also conducted pre-election briefing for foreign and domestic observers, as well as political parties in the state.

“So far, the commission has been putting in its best to ensure a free, fair, credible and all-inclusive general elections.

“As major stakeholders, I enjoin all to join hands with the commission to ensure credible elections,” the REC said.

(NAN)

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