Katsina emir laments low response to voter’s registration exercise

The Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, yesterday decried low response of people to the current voters registration exercise in the state.

He directed district heads and opinion leaders in the emirate to mobilize people for active participation in the exercise.

The royal made the comment when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Jibrin Zarewa was in his palace on a visit.

He said though the state had more than seven million people, the fact that only 2.8 million voted during the last general election showed that the issue of voter’s registration was not being taken serious.

‘’The low response to the ongoing voters registration exercise is unacceptable. District heads are to be mandated through a circular to commence mobilization of people.

“The essence of democracy is active participation and we shall do all we can to ensure that people participate actively in the ongoing registration.

“Even with over seven million population, to say only 2.8 million vote from the state is very, very low; people must be urged to key in by obtaining voters card,” he said.

Usman urged INEC to use jingles to mobilize people for the exercise, even as he assured the electoral body of the emirate’s support to achieve the desired objective.

Earlier, the INEC official had sought for the emir’s assistance and advice for the such.

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