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Published On: Sun, Jun 24th, 2018

2019 Elections To Record Largest Voters In Nigeria’s History – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the 2019 general elections will involve the largest number of registered voters in Nigeria’s history.

INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated this during a presentation at the at the 67th World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) held in Abuja at the weekend.

Yakubu said with about 80 million voters, there were indications that more will register before the 2019 general elections, making it the highest number of voters in Nigeria’s history.

“We are currently inching closer to 80 million voters although the nationwide voter registration exercise is ongoing,” Yakubu said.

According to Yakubu, the figure will certainly rise above 80 million registered voters.

“The largest number of political parties will field candidates in the election,” Yakubu conceded.

Nigeria currently have 68 political parties and with about 138 applications from associations seeking registration as political parties, the number is set to rise higher.

“The political parties will contest in elections into 1,558 National, State as well as Local Constituencies in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).”

“From the statistics of new voter registration nationwide, youths will play a far greater role in the election and processes thereof in 2019 than in previous elections.”

“There is also increasing determination by marginalised groups such as women, youths and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) for greater participation than ever before and we are working with these groups to facilitate their full participation in the electoral process,” the INEC chairman added.

Yakubu said the 2019 general election is the most deliberately well-planned election in Nigeria so far.

“We have formulated, validated and published the Strategic Plan (2016-2021), the Strategic Programme of Action and the Election Project Plan with the full participation of all stakeholders and support from the development partners,” Yakubu added.

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