The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee has revealed the variety of registered voters in Nigeria.
It was revealed that the full variety of registered voters in Nigeria could have risen from 84 million to 96.2 million.
Statistics launched by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee states that 12.2 million voters registered within the Steady voter registration that ended on Sunday.
In keeping with INEC, the North-West geopolitical zone, which includes the seven states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi and Jigawa, with a complete of twenty-two.67 million registered voters, has the best variety of registered voters.
As of the 2019 elections, the North-West had 20.15 million voters. Nonetheless, the newest report launched by INEC confirmed that 2.5 million new voters registered in the course of the just lately concluded steady voter registration, bringing the full variety of registered voters within the zone to 22.67 million.
The South-West, which earlier had 16.29 million registered voters, now has 18.3 million, having added 2, 039, 982 new registered voters. The zone includes Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo.
In third place is the South-South which includes Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Edo and Delta states. The variety of registered voters within the zone has risen from 12.8 million to fifteen.2 million.
The North-Central which is made up of Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Niger, Kwara and Plateau, now has 14.1 million voters whereas the North-East which is made up of Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe, added 1.5 million new voters to succeed in 12.8 million registered voters.
The South-East, which is the smallest geopolitical zone, and consists of 5 states – Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Anambra and Imo – now has 11.49 million voters whereas the variety of registered voters within the Federal Capital Territory has elevated from 1.3 million to 1.5 million.
Lagos maintained its place because the state with the best variety of registered voters, growing its determine from 6.5 million to 7.1 million. Kano State additionally maintained its second place, including 569, 103 new voters to extend its quantity to six.02 million.
Kaduna State now has 4.4 million registered voters whereas Rivers State has now overtaken Katsina because the fourth largest state by way of voters. Whereas Rivers now has 3.68 million voters, Katsina has 3.57 million.
Another states with a sizeable variety of registered voters are Delta (3.3 million) and Oyo (3.3 million) Additionally, Ekiti retained its place because the state with the bottom variety of registered voters regardless of rising from 909, 967 registered voters to 1, 034, 911.
A breakdown of INEC’s report additionally confirmed that about 71 per cent of the newly registered voters are youths. Of the 12.2 million newly registered voters, about 8.7 million are between the ages of 18 and 34 whereas about 2.4 million are between ages 35 and 49. These between ages 50 and 69 are about 856, 017 whereas about 127, 541 are over 70.
The statistics additionally confirmed that extra girls registered in the course of the newest CVR than males. Whereas 6,224,866 are girls, 6,074,078 are males.
Talking on the post-election coaching audit for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun in Abuja on Monday, the Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of The Electoral Institute, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, stated youths and girls constituted the vast majority of voters.
A political analyst, Dr Busari Dauda, stated the brand new composition of registered voters might decide the winner of the presidential election.
He additionally stated this was a signpost that youths have been able to cease recycling previous leaders.
Dauda stated, “It’s not unusual. I believe we now have individuals who have matured to 18 years and are able to train their franchise. It portends a constructive end result for the nation. Additionally it is a sign that within the subsequent basic elections, they might determine who they need as leaders within the nation as effectively take over the affairs of the nation on the nationwide stage and the recycling will cease and somebody a lot youthful will in the future develop into the president.
Additionally in a chat with Punch, analyst Dare Atoye-Ariyo, who can also be the Convener, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Structure, stated the just lately concluded Osun State election which led to defeat of an incumbent governor, is proof that youths are actually reworking their on-line enthusiasm to votes.
“And that’s exactly what we saw in the Osun State governorship elections, ahead of the 2023 elections, there is a possibility that a good number of the new people who have registered this time around are going to vote,” he stated.
Atoye-Ariyo added that the truth that the newly registered voters have been largely youths signaled a reawakening.