–August 2, 2022, News/Comments
As the month long Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise ended nationwide on Sunday, 31st July, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed fresh registration has hit 12.2m in the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) before it suspension on July 31.
The commission also said that during the period, 12.2 million registrants completed their registrations, of which 3.4 million registered online, while 8.8 million registered through physical registration.
INEC gave the gender breakdown of the registrants who completed their registrations to be, 6,074,078 male and 6,224,866 female.
The update also showed that 8,784,677 of the registrants that completed their registrations were youths, 2,430,709 middle aged, 956,017 elderly, 127,541 old persons, while 87,083 were Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
INEC also said that during the period of CVR, the commission received 31,098,013 applications including those for voter transfer, requests for replacement of PVCs, update of voter information record, etc, of which 216,442 was from PWDs.
It gave the gender breakdown of those who applied to be 16,148,645 for male and 14,949,368 from women.
A breakdown of the completed registration by states showed that Lagos has the highest number of registrants that completed their registration with 585,629 registrants, followed by Kano with 569,103 and Delta with 523,517.
Ekiti has the lowest number of people who completed registration with 124,844, followed by Yobe 152,414, FCT 211,341 and Imo with 213, 270.
The last CVR commenced in April 2017 and ended in August 2018, in the lead-up to the 2019 general elections.
The commission, which released the number on its official social media handle, noted that youths dominated in the number that completed their registration, having a total of 8,784,677 , with 2,430,70 middle-age, as well as 956,017 elderly, while 127,541 are old.
According to INEC, the North West led in the geo political distribution of the eligible and registered voters with 2, 512, 273 registrants
Among the six geo-political zones, the total number of registrants in the six South-South states is 2,458,095, while the total number in the five South East states are 1,441,156.
In the six South West states, the total number of registered voters are 2,012,982, while the six states in the North Central have a total of 2,103,024 registered voters, while the six states in the North East have a total of 1,531,070, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has 211,341.
This is even as the commission has barely 24 hours after the suspension of voter registration, declared that it has not approved any form of online registration of voters
INEC in a statement issued Monday by its National Commissioner, in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, urged Nigerians not to patronize any online registration exercise, adding that the commission has concluded the Continuous Voter Registration exercise nationwide and does not need to open an additional site or portal for the purposes of registration of voters.
“The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to an online site urging Nigerians to enroll for “VOTER CARD (PVC)” registration claiming that the Federal Government has approved individual VOTER CARD (PVC) registration online to avoid unnecessary crowd in the “NIMC” Centres.
“The Commission states unequivocally that the site is not linked to the Commission and the link/portal is spurious and from a dubious source.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is the only body constitutionally and legally mandated to conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote in any election in Nigeria and to update and revise the register when the need arises.
“The Commission is solely responsible for organizing, undertaking, and supervising national elections in the country and does not share this responsibility with anybody or organization.
“Members of the public are strongly advised not to succumb to the antics of online scammers and should avoid such fake sites,” INEC stated.
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