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

By News desk

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.

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Katsina, Ibrahim Zarewa, who disclosed this on Thursday, 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.

It would be recalled that 18 candidates are featuring in governorship election in the state including Gov. Aminu Masari of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yakubu 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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