INEC: 1 million Nigerians register in 4 weeks, Southern States top

In the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reports that 1,006,661 Nigerians have completed their online pre-registration (CVR).

Within the previous four weeks, new eligible voters have registered around the country.

According to INEC data issued on Monday, Osun has the most new registrations with 259,450, followed by Edo with 98,286.

The third is Anambra with 65,014, followed by Bayelsa with 63,250 and Lagos State with 61,991.

The state currently with the lowest fresh registrants is Yobe with 1,893, followed by Sokoto State with 2,453, Jigawa 2,593, and Zamfara with 2,769.

INEC received 1,135,395 applications including those for voter transfer, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and update of voter information record.

The distribution by age group showed that 740,063 of it were youths between the ages of 18 to 34 years.

The applications from the middle aged of between 35 to 49 years old were 278,042; the elderly from 50 to 69 years were 102,578; while the old from 70 years and above were 14,712

The distribution by occupation indicated that artisan constituted 75,877 of the total applications; farming/fishing – 81,096; public servants -25,298; business -230,551; house wives -25,816; students 355,227; civil servants 44,093; traders 97,624; others/not specified 199,813.

Distribution by gender also showed that females constituted 492,449 of the received applications while males were 642,946.

A total of 12,274 of the applicants are persons living with disabilities.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said details of the distributions had been uploaded on the commission’s website and social media platforms.

“The current exercise is only open to Nigerians who are 18 years and above who have not registered before. It is an offence under the Electoral Act for any citizen to register more than once.

“‘Eligible registrants are advised to visit: https://cvr.inec.gov.ng or https://cvr.inecnigeria.org for online pre-registration,” Okoye noted.

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