Professor Mahmoud Yakub, chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission, announced on Wednesday that the voter register had ballooned to 93.5 million.

An analysis of the preliminary registers shows that Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Katsina and Oyo states have the highest number of registered voters.

The breakdown shows that Lagos owns 7.57%; Kano, 6.34%; Kaduna, 4.65%; Rivers, 3.77%; Katsina, 3.76% and Oyo 3.51%.

A check by The PUNCH showed voters in six states accounted for 27.68 million or 29.59 percent of all registered voters.

According to preliminary voter registration, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Rivers states lead with 7,075,192 votes; 5,927,565; 4,345,469 and 3,532,990 respectively.

It was followed by Katsina with 3,519,260 and Oyo with 3,275,045.

Further analysis also revealed that the North West geopolitical district, comprising the seven states of Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebi, Sokoto, Zamfara and Jigawa, had the largest number of registered voters with a total of 22.27 million voters.

As of the 2019 election, the Northwest Territories had 20.15 million voters. However, INEC’s data shows that the area gained an additional 2.12 million voters during the recently ended continuous voter registration period.

The Southwest, which had 16.29 million voters earlier in 2019, now has 17.93 million voters, adding a total of 1.64 million newly registered voters.

South-South voters

This is followed by the South-South region, which includes Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Cross-River, Bayelsa, Edo and Delta states.

The number of registered voters in the region has grown from 12.8 million to 14.4 million.

The North Central, comprising Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Niger Kwara and Plateau, now has a total of 13.8 million voters, while the North East, comprising Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe, added 1.07m to 12.5 million new voters.

The South East is the smallest geopolitical region, made up of five states – Ebony, Enugu, Abia, Anambra and Imo – with 10.9 million voters now, while the Federal Capital Territory has registered voters from 1.3 million to 1.5 million.

Lagos maintained its status as the state with the largest number of registered voters, increasing its number from 6.5 million to 7.07 million.

Kano State also added 469,818 new voters, bringing its voter count to 5.9 million.

Kaduna now has 4.3 million voters, and the Rivers state overtook Katsina as the fourth-largest voting state.

Rivers now has 3.53 million voters, while Katsina has 3.51 million voters.

Ekiti state remains at the bottom with 986,314 registered voters.

Addressing political parties during the Abuja meeting, the INEC chairman noted that most of the new registrants were young people.

Yakubu further stated, “In terms of population distribution, 7.2 million new voters or 76.5% are young people aged 18-34, while the number of women (4.8 million or 50.82%) is slightly higher than that of men (4.6m or 49.18%). In terms of occupation, 3.8 million (40.8%) were students.

“9,518,188 new voters have been added to the existing register of 84,004,084 voters. The preliminary register of voters in Nigeria is now 93,522,272.

According to him, under Section 19(1) and (2) of the Elections Act 2022, hard copies of the electoral register for each registration area and local government area will be displayed on the Commission’s website and published at the same time that citizens will be issued no later than the general election. within 90 days of the review, requests and objections for two weeks.

He added that further details, including the process for filing claims and objections, would be released by the commission next week.

Yakub said: “Therefore, over the next few days, the council will print the 9,352,228-page register. The hard copy will be displayed in each of the 8,809 registration areas (wards) and 774 local government areas across the country, while the entire The register will be published on our website for claims and objections as required by law.

“The presentation of the Entity Register will take place at designated centres from Saturday 12th November to Friday 25th November 2022. I would like to call on all Nigerians to seize the opportunity to present, scrutinize the list and help us clean it up further for preparation and publication The final voter register for the 2023 general election.”

Yakubu revealed that cleaning up registrations resulted in the discovery of 2,780,756 illegal registrants.

several months in a row

He added: “As you may recall, the CVR, which started on June 28, 2021, lasted for 13 months until it was suspended on July 31, 2022. By the end of the exercise, 12,298,944 Nigerians had successfully completed new voter registration All along, we have repeatedly assured Nigerians that our process of clearing the register is robust.

“A total of 2,780,756 individuals (22.6%) were identified as ineligible registrants and invalidated from the record after rigorous data cleaning using automated biometric systems, including dual/multiple registrants, minors and full False registrations that do not comply with our business rules. Therefore, the number of valid registrations (post-ABIS) is 9,518,188.”

Yakubu revealed that some of the registration officers involved in the field exercise had made false registrations, adding that in some cases some of them made as many as 40 or more attempts to register a fake voter.

“As a result, to date, the Commission has identified 23 registration officers involved in this unethical conduct and initiated disciplinary action. We will continue to protect the integrity of our voter roll,” he pledged.

The INEC boss also noted that the committee is also working to ensure the printing of remaining permanent voter cards is done for new voters and for those applying to transfer or replace lost or damaged voter cards.

He also said: “In the coming days, we will also inform Nigerians of detailed plans to ensure seamless PVC collection. We know Nigerians want to improve PVC collection procedures. Since the end of the CVR in July this year, we have been working hard to ensure that citizens Had a pleasant experience coming to pick up the card.

He reminded the audience of the published schedule for the three off-cycle gubernatorial elections to be held in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states on November 11, 2023.



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