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INEC: Online Voter Registration Rises To 1 Million, 73 Per cent of Registrants Are Youths

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On Tuesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that over 1 million Nigerians have currently registered online after the kick-off of the online pre-registration exercise, which commenced on June 28, 2021.

This was disclosed in a statement by the INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye.

Okoye said the detailed distribution of registrants according to age, state, gender, occupation etc has been uploaded on the commission’s website.

Okoye’s statement read in part, “The distribution by age still shows that 73.5 per cent are young Nigerians between the age of 18 and 34.

“As earlier announced by the commission, physical or in-person registration commenced on July 26 at its 811 State and Local Government Area offices nationwide.

“The exact locations of the designated centres have already been uploaded to our website and social media platforms. For further details, citizens are encouraged to contact our state offices through the dedicated telephone numbers provided in the uploaded publication.”

The commission also disclosed that it received 1,135,395 applications regarding voter transfer, update of voter information record and requests for the replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

Okoye’s statement further read, “Nigerians who pre-registered online can now complete their registration at these centres based on scheduled appointments.

“In addition, other Nigerians who prefer to register physically/in-person can now do so at those centres.

“Both online pre-registration and physical/in-person registration will continue simultaneously until the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise on June 30, 2022, to enable the commission to clean up the data and compile the voter register for the 2023 general election.

“The right to vote begins with the registration of voters. Thus, as we enter the next phase of the CVR exercise, we once again appeal to all citizens, who wish to register to approach any of the commission’s state or local government area offices nationwide to do so.”

The commission stated that the current exercise is only open to Nigerians who are above 18 years and have not registered before. Citizens were also warned that it is an offence under the Electoral Act for any individual to register more than once.