The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Monday disclosed that it has so far registered 40,317 eligible voters in the Continues Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Kaduna state.
It would be recalled that the Commission had on April 27 this year commenced the CVR exercise for eligible voters ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The exercise which started at the headquarters of the 774 local council areas with additional eight centres created in the State is expected to close two months before the 2019general polls.
Mr Nick Dazang, INEC’s Kaduna state Administrative Secretary, while addressing newsmen, shortly after an interactive session with relevant stakeholders at the INEC Kaduna office announced the creation of additional the eight centres in the state.
Dazang said, creation of eight additional registration Centres in the state was meant to address the challenges of congestion and distance in some of the 23 centres in the state.
” Following a recent review of the CVR exercise at the Hotel Seventeen, Kaduna, the commission decided to create 302 additional registration centre nationwide to address the challenge of congestion.
Other reasons the commission gave for the additional centres including ” Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), difficult terrains, areas with security difficulties and centres that distanced from their communities.”
“After due consideration, Kaduna state was allocated additional eight centres by the commission,” Dazang said.
According to him the new centres would only last for 25 working days and close on August 11, aimed at fast tracking the exercise in the state.
The new centres, according to the commission, include Rigasa, Igabi Ungwan Shanu, Kaduna North, Ladduga, Kachia and Gidan Ways in Jema’a local government areas.
Others include Katugal, Kagarko local government, Gonin Gora in Chikun local government, Kwarbai ‘B’ in Zaria and Tudun Nupawa in Kaduna South local government areas.
” Registration will commence at these additional centres from Monday, July 10 and end on August 11, 2017.
“The Commission urges the good people of Kaduna state to make good use of this opportunity by coming out end masse to participate in the exercise, ” Dazang said.
Meanwhile, the commission had during the interactive session appealed to stakeholders to sensitize eligible voters to participate in the exercise to enable them to vote for candidates of their choice during the 2019 general polls.
About 14 Political parties, Civil Society Groups and heads of security agencies attended the interactive session.