New voter registration data show North-West, and South-West lead as INEC registers 96.2 million while Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, and Katsina top 31 other states.
SocialNaija gathered that the total number of registered voters in Nigeria has risen from 84 million to 96.2 million according to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s latest voter statistics, 12.2 million voters were registered through the Continuous voter registration program, which ended on Sunday.
According to INEC, the seven states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, and Jigawa, which make up the North-West geopolitical zone, have the greatest number of registered voters, 22.67 million.
According to the 2019 election, the North-West zone had 20.15 million voters. However, according to INEC’s latest report, 2.5 million new voters registered during the continuous voter registration recently ended, resulting in a total of 22.67 million registered voters.
In addition to Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, and Ondo, the South-West zone now has 2,039,982 new registered voters, raising the region’s registered voter count from 16.29 million to 18.3 million.
In the third position are Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Edo, and Delta states make up the South-South region, where the number of registered voters has risen from 12.8 million to 15.2 million.
The North-Central, composed of Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Niger, Kwara, and Plateau, now has 14.1 million voters, while the North-East, composed of Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi, and Gombe, which added 1.5 million new voters to reach 12.8 million registered voters, has 12.7 million voters.
The five states that make up the South-East geopolitical zone, which is the smallest zone, now have 11.49 million registered voters, while the number of registered voters in the Federal Capital Territory has risen from 1.3 million to 1.5 million.
Lagos remained the state with the most registered voters, growing from 6.5 million to 7.1 million. Kano State maintained its second position, adding 569, 103 new voters to reach 6.02 million.
According to official figures, Kaduna State now has 4.4 million registered voters, while Rivers State has surpassed Katsina as the fourth most populous state, registering 3.68 million voters. Katsina has 3.57 million voters.
In addition to Delta (3.3 million registered voters) and Oyo (3.3 million registered voters), Ekiti retained its position as the state with the fewest voters despite registering an increase from 909,967 to 1,034,911 voters.
According to the INEC report, 71% of the recently registered voters are young people. Of the 12.2 million new voters, 8.7 million are between the ages of 18 and 34, and 2.4 million are between the ages of 35 and 49. There are about 856, 017 people aged 50 to 69, and about 127, 541 people aged 70 or older.
More women than men registered during the latest CVR, based on the statistics. 6,224,866 women registered, while 6,074,078 men registered.
At a post-election training audit for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections in Abuja on Monday, National Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of The Electoral Institute, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, noted that youths and women made up the majority of voters.
Political analyst Busari Dauda said that the winner of the presidential election could be determined by the new composition of registered voters. Youth are ready to stop recycling old leaders, he said, referring to this as a signpost.
A positive outcome for the country is portended by the fact that people have matured to the age of 18 and are ready to exercise their franchise, Dauda said. They also believe that in the next general elections, they will select the country’s leaders and that the recycling of old politicians will cease. Someone much younger will someday become president.
Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution analyst Dare Atoye-Ariyo, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said the recently concluded Osun State election, in which an incumbent governor was defeated, demonstrated that young people were turning their online enthusiasm into votes.
According to him, the large number of new voters who registered in the Osun State governorship election is a good sign for the future election, implying that a great deal of those voters might turn up again.
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