INEC’s Voter’s Registration Update

 

Prof Mahmood Yakubu- INEC Chairman

 

By Dr. Kingsley Orlu                  12 January 2019: 19:45

The dawn of 2019 reminds us that Nigeria’s forthcoming general election is gathering momentum. The entire exercise is expected to be a significant political event that stands to determine the direction of the changes widely promised by contending political parties. Developments following the planned general election show that the country’s level of political orientation has improved. Only recently, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, released data of its registered voters. On geopolitical grounds, the North-west continued to maintain a lead in the drive for voters’ registration with a total of 24,158,100 (24.06%). According to the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, a total population of 15,170,608 were newly registered to vote.

Registration by geopolitical zones

1 North-west 24,158,100
2 South-west 16,292,212
3 North-central 13,366,070
4 South-south 12,841,279
5 North-east 11,289,293
6 South-east 10,057,130

Women seem to be in the political forefront with respect to the concluded voters’ registration with a total population of 44,405,439 (52.86%), while men make up 39,598,645 (47.14%). Lagos State relatively remained on top with 6,570,291 registered voters, as Bayelsa State settles down below with registration of 923,182 voters.

Voter’s registration by states

1 Abia 1,932,892
2 Adamawa 1,973,083
3 Akwa Ibom 2,119,727
4 Anambra 2,447,996
5 Bauchi 2,462,843
6 Bayelsa 923,182
7 Benue 2,480,131
8 Borno 2,315,956
9 Cross River 1,527,289
10 Delta 2,845,274
11 Ebonyi 1,459,933
12 Edo 2,210,534
13 Ekiti 909,967
14 Enugu 1,944,016
15 FCT 1,344,856
16 Gombe 1,394,939
17 Imo 2,272,293
18 Jigawa 2,111,106
19 Kaduna 3,932,492
20 Kano 5,457,747
21 Katsina 3,230,230
22 Kebbi 1,806,231
23 Kogi 1,646,350
24 Kwara 1,406,457
25 Lagos 6,570,291
26 Nasarawa 1,617,786
27 Niger 2,390,035
28 Ogun 2,375,003
29 Ondo 1,822,346
30 Osun 1,680,498
31 Oyo 2,934,107
32 Plateau 2,480,455
33 Rivers 3,215,273
34 Sokoto 1,903,166
35 Taraba 1,777,105
36 Yobe 1,365,913
37 Zamfara 1,717,128
  84,004,084
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