2019: N/West, S/West lead with highest number of registered voters
– INEC statistics have shown that ahead of 2019, the north-west and south-west zones lead the pack, with the highest number of registered voters
– On a state-by-state basis, Lagos takes first place, with Kano in second place and Bayelsa occupying the bottom position
– A large number of people are still yet to pick up their PVC’s, with about 1.4 million still uncollected in Lagos alone
Statistics obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have shown that the north-west geopolitical zone has the highest number of registered voters in the country with a total of 18,505,984 voters.
According to the statistics which were obtained by Punch, in second position is the south-west zone, with 14,626,800 registered voters.
We gather that the south-east zone comes in at the bottom of the list, with 8,293,093 registered voters.
On a state-by-state basis, Lagos leads the pack, with 6,048,156 registered voters, with Kano taking second place with 5,149,070 voters.
Bayelsa occupies the bottom spot with 754,394 registered voters, while the Federal Capital Territory has 952, 815 registered voters.
The total number of registered voters across the country so far stands at 73,944,312; but INEC projects that the number might increase before the December 2018 deadline for voter registration.
The electoral commission has also stated that a high number of individuals are yet to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards. In Lagos alone, 1.4 million PVCs have not yet been collected.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission said the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) would be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the 2019 general elections.
The commission in a statement issued in Abuja by Solomon Soyebi, national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, said the exercise would be suspended due to a change in the electoral law.