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INEC: 93.4m persons eligible to vote — including 37m youths

Author:
Jesupemi Are

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there are 93.4 million registered voters in Nigeria.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, announced this on Wednesday at a meeting with political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

At the meeting, Yakubu presented the voters’ register to the political parties in accordance with the electoral act.

He said the voters’ register now contains 93,469,008 registered Nigerians eligible to vote in the forthcoming elections.

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According to Yakubu, Lagos leads with 7,060,195 voters, followed by Kano with 5,921,370, and Kaduna with 4,335,208.

By gender distribution, the number of male voters stands at 49,054,162, while female voters stand at 44,414,846.

Also, youths aged 18 to 34 make up the majority by age with a figure of 37,060,399, representing 39.66 percent of the voters.

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According to occupation, students lead with 26,027,481 voters.

The INEC chairman also said substantial quantities of sensitive and non-sensitive materials have been deployed to various locations across the country in preparation for the general election.

“The last batch of the bimodal voter accreditation system (BVAS) has been received, while the ongoing configuration of the critical technology in readiness for elections will soon be completed,” he said.

“In the last two days, we commenced the airlifting of other sensitive materials to states across the country.

“Already, some of the materials for 17 states in three geo-political zones have been delivered.

“Furthermore, 13,868,441 permanent voter cards (PVCs) have been printed, delivered to states, and are being collected by citizens as new voters or by existing voters who applied for transfer or replacement of cards as provided by law.”

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