NIGERIA 2023: Lagos makes top 3 as INEC registers over 12 million new prospective voters

Following the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on Sunday, July 31, 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a data released on Monday, August 1, 2022, showed that the Commission had registered fresh 12,298,944 prospective voters, with over 580,000 of that number emerging from Lagos State, South-west Nigeria.

According to reports, the Commission, which began the process on June 28, 2021, ended it on July 31, 2022. A breakdown of the figure reveals that of the fresh 12,298,944 registrants, 6,359,711 came from the North, while 5,939,233 emerged from the southern part of the country.

A state-by-state breakdown shows that Lagos and Kano had the highest number with 585,629 and 569,103 respectively. This figure is not surprising as the states have, over the years, been widely ranked as Nigeria’s most populated states.

Further details from the chart show that youth, between the ages of 18 and 34, numbered 8,784,677, being over 60 percent of total registrants, while students, possibly within that same age bracket numbered 4,501,595.

Meanwhile, the commission on Monday, August 1, 2022, warned Nigerians to be wary of fake voter registration websites on the internet

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the warning followed the discovery of an online site urging Nigerians to enroll for voter’s card and PVC registration claiming that the Federal Government has approved individual voter’s card registration online to avoid the unnecessary crowd in the NIMC centres.

Okoye said the site is not linked to the Commission and the link/portal is spurious and from a dubious source.

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