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Lagos, Kano maintain lead in number of voters, as voters hit 84,004,084

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The voters register presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission to political parties in Abuja on Monday has shown that Lagos and Kano states have maintained the lead in the number of registered voters.

In the breakdown, INEC says a total of 84,004,084 Nigerians will vote in the elections.

Out of the over 84 million voters, Lagos State accounts for 6.6 million while Kano has 5.5 million voters.

In 2015, Lagos and Kano states recorded 5.8 million and 5.0 million respectively.

The analysis of the voter register shows South-South has 12,841,279 voters.

 Others are South East (10,052,236); South-West (16,292,212); North-West (20,158,100); North-East (11,289,293); and North-Central (13, 366,070).

 Female voters constitute 47.14 per cent, which is 39,598,645 voters; while male voters constitute 52.85 per cent, which is 44,405,439 voters.

 Youths (18-35) constitute 51.11 per cent, which is 42,938,458 voters; while the middle aged (36-50) constitute 29.97 per cent, which is 25,176,144.

 The elderly (51-70) constitute 15.22 per cent, which amounted to 3,100,971 voters; while the old (70+) constitute 3.69 per cent, which is 3,100,971 voters.

 Yakubu stressed that INEC had printed and delivered the PVCs to all the states for collection by registered voters, but regretted that millions of cards had yet to be collected.

 He stressed that smart card readers would be used to accredit voters for the 2019 General Elections.

 INEC abolishes incident form

It was also gathered that the incident form used in previous elections “which is only completed by the presiding officer without the involvement of the voter,” has been abolished.

Yakubu announced this to political parties in Abuja, also on Monday

 He said, “Where the biometric authentication fails, the voter will be required to thumbprint a box next to his/her picture on the register and to enter his/her mobile telephone number before proceeding to vote.”

 

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