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INEC Announced State With Lowest Voters Registration In Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reported Friday that 12,298,944 new registrants had completed their registration as of the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), which began on June 28, 2020.

After delaying the exercise from its original June 30 deadline by one month, the Commission called it a wrap on Sunday.

A notice on the website reads: “The CVR exercise has been suspended. Access to log-in to check the status of your completed applications will soon be restored.”

According to INEC, the exercise has been suspended till after the 2023 general elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on June 28, 2021, flagged off the resumption of the online CVR, starting with the opening of the online registration portal, which was followed by the applicants’ physical registration on July 26, 2021, after the 2019 general elections.

“The number of registrants who have completed online and physical registration was 12,298,944, made up of 6,074,078 males and 6,224,866 females of which 87,083 were people living with disabilities (PWDs) and 8,784,677 youths,” the report said yesterday.

A breakdown of the figure by The Guardian revealed that of the fresh registrants, 6,359,711 came from the North, while 5,939,233 reside in the South, indicating a disparity of 420,478.

Going by geo-political zones, the Northwest recorded the highest with 2,514,273 new registrants, while the South-South trails closely with 2,458,095 applications. The North-Central followed with 2,314,368 completed registration, while Southwest has 2,039,982.

Also, about 1,531,070 applications came from the Northeast while the Southeast has the least completed registration with 1,441,156.

A state-by-state breakdown revealed that Lagos and Kano have the highest number of new registrants with 585,620 and 569,103 respectively. Delta followed closely with 523,517 applications with Yobe and Ekiti recording the lowest with 152,414 and 124, 844 applications. 

The Commission also warned Nigerians to be wary of fake voter registration websites online.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner of INEC and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, said the warning came after he came across a website urging Nigerians to register for voter cards and PVCs, claiming that the Federal Government has approved individual voter card registration online to avoid the needless crowd in the NIMC centers.

Okoye claimed that the portal is fake and comes from an unreliable source, and that the website is not associated with the Commission.

He asserts that the INEC is the only entity with a constitutional and legal obligation to register voters in Nigerian elections and to maintain and revise the register as necessary.

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