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INEC to recruit 7,727 ad-hoc staff for Katsina Senatorial bye-election

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No fewer than 7 , 727 ad – hoc staff would be recruited by Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct bye -election into Katsina North Senatorial District in Katsina State.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the election followed the death of the senator representing the area , Sen . Mustapha Bukar on April 4 , after a protracted illness .

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner , Alhaji Jibril Ibrahim -Zarewa disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting on Thursday in Katsina.

“ The Senate informed INEC of the vacancy in a letter received on July 13 , 2018 .

“ The commission has 30 days to conduct the by – election between July 13 and Aug . 12 , ” he said .

He said the ad – hoc staff to be recruited would include NYSC members , students of tertiary institutions and staff of Federal Ministries , Departments and Agencies working in the state .

Zarewa revealed that Smart Card Reader machines would be used for the verification and accreditation of voters during the exercise .

He said that the constituency covered 12 local governments including Baure , Bindawa , Daura, Dutsi , Ingawa , Kankia and Kusada .

Others are Mai ’ adua , Mani , Mashi , Sandamu and Zango .

He said going by the 2015 General Election , all the affected local governments have a total of 855 , 092 registered voters .

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He noted that 835 , 013 voters collected their Permanent Voter Cards , with remaining balance of 20 , 079 uncollected .

He further said that INEC embarked on Continuous Voter Registration exercise early 2017 , for persons who transferred their registration areas or applied for replacement of lost PVCs .

He said , “ A total of 23 , 105 voters have so far registered , 6 , 066 PVC ’ s collected with remaining balance of 15 , 892 , ” he said .

He appealed to the political parties , media , traditional and religious leaders , as well as other stakeholders to cooperate with the commission to ensure success of the exercise .

‘ INEC is up to the highest tenets of integrity , openness, laying level playing ground for a free , transparent , credible and acceptable election .

“ We will live up to our vision , mission and core values of integrity and impartiality , ” he said .

( NAN )

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