- There are 70 million registered voters currently on the voter register
- An additional 1,040,000 has so far registered since the commencement of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise on April 27, 2017
- INEC expects that more Nigerians will register to vote ahead of the 2019 elections
- The INEC chairman was invited by the Norwegian ambassador to observe the upcoming Norwegian parliamentary elections
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that Nigeria’s voting population has risen to 71,040,000.
According to reports, the INEC chairman said this on Tuesday, June 20, while receiving the Norwegian ambassador Mr. Kjemprud in his office.
Yakubu gave the statistics in an update on the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and his comments were disclosed in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi.
NAIJ.com notes that the statement quoted the INEC boss as saying that there were 70 million registered voters currently on the voter register, with additional 1,040,000 so far registered since the CVR exercise commenced on April 27, 2017.
Yakubu promised that INEC was working towards making the 2019 general election better than that of 2015.
The statement read in part: “We now have 45 political parties. We used to have 40 political parties, but five have just been registered, while there are 103 pending applications.
“We don’t know how many more we are going to register, but we are a multi-party democracy and all associations that meet the criteria for registration will be registered.”
On his part, the Norwegian ambassador commended the commission and Nigerians for the successful conduct of the 2015 general election.
Kjemprud also lauded the commission for the steps taken so far since then to improve the electoral process.
The INEC chairman was also invited by the ambassador to observe the upcoming Norwegian parliamentary elections scheduled to take place between September 6 and 13 2017.
Meanwhile NAIJ.com previously reported that Nigerians may have to cope with the new method the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is adopting ahead of the 2019 general elections.
This is because the electoral body has declared that there would be no manual method of voting in the next general election as this would be phased out all over the country.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made this revelation while addressing executives of the forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) during a courtesy call at the commission’s Abuja headquarters.
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