The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said over one million Nigerians have completed the ongoing nationwide physical voter registration. Also, the number of online pre-registrants is 3,165,189 while 1,457,766 Nigerians have applied for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), and update of information records.
Festus Okoye, National Commissioner, and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, INEC said this in a statement while announcing the end of the first quarter of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
He said the majority of registrants consisted of youths between the ages of 18 and 34 with 771,770, making up 71.33 percent of the completed registration.
“Today marks the 12th week and the cumulative figures for the CVR exercise from inception show that the number of fresh online pre-registrants stands at 3,165,189, while 1,457,766 Nigerians applied for voter transfer, replacement of PVCs and update of their voter information records,” the statement reads.
“Completed registrations now stands at 1,081,947 voters. Youths between the ages of 18 and 34 still constitute the majority with 771,770 (71.33%) completed registration. In terms of occupation, students form the largest category with 439,608 (40.63%). On gender distribution, 555,872 (51.38%) are male and 526,075 (48.62%) are female.”
“As provided by Section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission is mandated to publish the register of voters for a period of not less than five days and not more than 14 days for public scrutiny during which citizens may make claims and objections.
“In compliance with the law, the register of new voters will be displayed in the local government offices of the Commission nationwide from September 24 to 30, 2021.
“The aim is to enable citizens to assist the Commission by identifying ineligible registrants on the list ahead of the cleaning up of the register before adding the fresh registrants to the current register and printing their PVCs for future elections.”
Meanwhile, the second quarter of the CVR will commence on October 4 and end on December 20.