Katsina: 2,000 local observers to monitor Saturday’s election

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A man casts his ballot as Nigerians vote for a second day in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday March 29, 2015. Voting in Nigeria's elections continued in certain areas on Sunday after technical problems prevented some people from casting their ballots on Saturday and despite extremist violence in the northeast and protests in the south. (AP Photo/Kunle Ogunfuyi)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says about 2,000 domestic observers are expected to monitor the conduct of Saturday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Katsina State.

Mr Ibrahim Zarewa, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina.

He said that the observers were from 51 different groups cleared INEC to monitor 2019 general elections in the state.

Zarewa revealed that about five foreign observer groups would also monitor the elections in the state.

He said the groups are – African Union (AU), European Union (EU), ECOWAS, American High Commission and British High Commission.

The commissioner said INEC has distributed both non sensitive and sensitive materials in all the 34 Local government areas (LGAs) of the state.

He said the sensitive materials would be sorted out and kept at INEC LGA offices for distribution to the 361 wards across the state.

Zarewa assured that the election would commence in good time as scheduled in all the polling units in the state.

He said the commission has recharged its card readers, configured them, and trained staff who would handle them.

NAN reports that 18 candidates are featuring in governorship election in the state including Gov. Aminu Masari of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Sen. Yakubu Lado Danmarke of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

About 316 candidates are also featuring in the state House of Assembly election across the 34 LGAs of the state.

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