The number of uncollected Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in Kano State has reduced the number of persons expected to vote in the state. 

Kano has the second largest number of registered voters, following Lagos State and it is one state that leading contenders are looking to slog it out in the presidential election.

On Thursday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kano State, Professor Riskuwa Arab-Shehu, said 587,440 PVCs have not been collected out of a total of 5,457,747 registered in the state. 

Arab-Shehu gave the figure through the spokesman for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Garba Lawal, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano.

The figure leaves a total of 4,870,307 residents expected to cast their votes in the general election beginning on Saturday.

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He further disclosed that the electoral body in Kano had completed the distribution of non sensitive materials to all the 44 local government areas in the state.

The INEC Commissioner added that names of registered voters were also sent to the local governments for distribution to all polling units on Election Day.

“As you can see when you enter our premises, everybody is busy sorting out the sensitive materials which we are going to start the distribution across the state and we hope to complete it by the end of tomorrow, Friday.

“I also want to inform you that we are going to use about 11,000 card readers at the voting points across the state and they have been also configured,” he said.

He explained that no fewer than 51,000 ad-hoc staff who will conduct the elections have been posted to their various places of assignment, adding that accommodation and means of transportation have been provided to ease their movement during the election. 

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