84.27 million Nigerians have registered to vote in 2019 and this is according to the latest statistics released by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, barely 162 days to the commencement of 2019 general elections.
INEC also disclosed that the collection of PVCs would continue until one week to the 2019 general elections.
According to infographics obtained from the electoral umpire yesterday, in Abuja:
He said though the total figure of 84,271,832 “may drop slightly after we run the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System AFIS, the current figure represents about 21per cent increase on the existing register.”
He appealed to Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the ongoing nationwide display of the particulars of new voters for claims and objections as required by law. He added:
“In addition to fresh registration, the commission is also processing 769,917 requests for intra and inter-state transfers as well as 1,178,793 requests for replacement of lost, damaged or cards with misspelt names or incorrect personal details of voters as required by law.
This means that the commission has to print a total of 16,500,192 Permanent Voters’ Cards PVCs and make them available for collection by citizens ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Already, the commission has printed the PVCs for those registered in 2017 and delivered them to states for collection. I can also confirm that the PVCs for 2.7 million voters registered in the first quarter of 2018 have been printed and will be delivered to the states next week.
We wish to reassure Nigerians that every registered voter will have his/her PVC available for collection before the general election.”
Collection of PVCs will continue until one week to the 2019 general elections. With 91 registered political parties, Nigeria’s huge voter population could present a lot of logistical challenges for the electoral umpire during the 2019 general elections.