2023 ELECTION: Number of Registered Voters Reaches 93,522,272

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, The INEC chairman, said this in Abuja on Wednesday at its quarterly meeting with political parties.

He stated that announcing these figures was in line with Section 19(1) and (2) of the Electoral Act 2022, which requires the commission to display the hard copies of the register of voters for each Registration Area (ward) and Local Government Area (LGA) before ratification. He added that INEC was also required to simultaneously publish the entire register on its website for two weeks for scrutiny, claims, and objections by citizens not later than 90 days before a general election, a practice the organisation plan to uphold.

“The hard copy will be displayed for each of the 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) and 774 LGAs nationwide while the entire register will be published on our website for claims and objections as required by law.

“The display of the physical register will take place at the designated centers from Saturday, November 12 to Friday, November 25.

“Further details, including the procedure for filing claims and objections, would be released by the commission next week,’’ he said.

Prof. Yakubu appealed to the electorate and the public, to seize the opportunity of the display to scrutinize the list and help INEC to clean it up so that the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election can be compiled and published.

Explaining the increase in registered voters, he said that 12,298,944 Nigerians successfully completed the registration as new voters during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) which started on 28 June 2021 and ended on 31 July 2022. 

Out of that number, 2,780,756 (22.6 percent) were identified as ineligible registrants and invalidated from the record following a “rigorous” cleaning-up of the data using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS).

Some infractions that might invalidate these registrations include double/multiple registration, under-aged registration, and fake registration that failed to meet the commission’s business rules.

“Consequently, the number of valid registrations (post-ABIS) is 9,518,188,” Professor Yakubu said.

“In terms of demographic distribution, 7.2 million new voters, or 76.5 percent are young people between 18-34 years while there is a slightly higher number of females (4.8 million or 50.82 percent) than males (4.6 million or 49.18 percent).

“In terms of occupation, 3.8 million (40.8 percent) are students. Hard copies giving the full details of the distribution of the new voters are included in your folders for this meeting.

“The soft copy has already been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms,’’ he said.

He said that INEC was working to ensure the completion of the printing of the remaining PVCs for new voters as well as those that applied for transfer or the replacement of their lost or damaged cards.

INEC would inform Nigerians of its detailed plans to ensure a seamless collection of the PVCs in the coming days, Professor Yakubu said.

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