The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given a breakdown of the number of men and women expected to vote in 2023 election.
Speaking in a meeting with the 18 registered political parties on Wednesday, January 11, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, revealed that there are 93,469,008 registered voters, comprising 49,054,162 males and 44,414,846 females are eligible to vote in this year’s general elections.
Yakubu further stated that there is no plan to shift, postpone or cancel the elections and other schedules of activities.
The data available shows Lagos State has 7,060,195 registered voters, which is the highest in the country. Kano State takes the second spot with 5,921,370 voters, while Ekiti State has the least with 987,647 registered voters.
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In the warning issued on Monday, January 2 during an interview on Channels Television, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said underage voters will be arrested alongside their parents who would be charged with aiding and abetting such a venture.
“We have made it very clear that any visibly underage person should not approach any of our polling units on election day.
“If the person does appear, he or she would be arrested, alongside their parents for aiding and abetting such a venture”.
Okoye also flayed those involved in the buying of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) and harvesting of Voter Identification Numbers (VIN).
“Those who are harvesting Voter Identification Numbers (VINs) of registered voters are doing that in futility.
“Why are they harvesting and buying off VINs when those VINs were published in our local government areas and in our registration areas when we displayed the voter registers for claims and objections? Those VINs are there.
“We have made it very clear that this Commission will deploy the BVAS for voters’ identification and authentication and the data of every registered voter in Nigeria per polling unit is domiciled in the BvAS and not in the PVCs.