Online Registration: Youth Hold Ace, Score 66% Of Registrants…INEC

Online Registration: Youth Hold Ace, Score 66% Of Registrants…INEC

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has disclosed that 66 per cent of registrants in the ongoing online pre-registration of voters under the Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, are young persons. According to him, the CVR which started on June 28, 2021 and expected to continue for the next one year, has registered

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has disclosed that 66 per cent of registrants in the ongoing online pre-registration of voters under the Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, are young persons.

According to him, the CVR which started on June 28, 2021 and expected to continue for the next one year, has registered 542,576 out of which young persons totaled 356,777. This is also 282,863 higher than the total 259,713 registrants recorded after the first week.

Prof Yakubu made the statement during his remarks at a meeting of the Resident Electoral Commissioners, REC, held at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

His statement reads in part; “As at 7am yesterday, Monday 12th July 2021, exactly two weeks since the exercise began, a total of 542,576 Nigerians have completed the online pre-registration. Out of this figure, 456,909 are fresh registrants while 85,667 have applied for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), update of voter information record etc.

“The Commission is also able to provide Nigerians with information on the distribution of registrants across the States of the Federation and by age, occupation, gender and disability. Out of 542,576 online registrants so far, 356,777 (or 66%) are young people between the ages of 18 and 34 years. This is followed by 134,719 middle aged registrants who fall between 35 and 49 years. The third category is elderly persons aged between 50 and 69 years of which 44,896 Nigerians have registered. Interestingly, some 6,184 senior citizens (aged 70 years and above) have taken advantage of the new online opportunity to register.

” On occupational distribution of registrants, 156,446 are students; 38,217 artisans; 24,421 farmers and fishermen; 150,145 businessmen and traders; 35,831 employed as civil and public servants and 8,334 housewives. The remaining 129,182 registrants did not specify their occupations. On gender, 321,781 are male while 220,795 are female.

“In our effort to serve all Nigerians better, the Commission has requested registrants to indicate their disability (if any). This will enable us to optimally and efficiently deploy assistive voting devices such as Braille ballot guide and magnifying glasses for persons with special needs at polling units on election day. So far, we have data for 6,558 registrants who have clearly indicated their type of disability.

He assured those who have no access to smart phones, computer and the Internet that 2,673 designated centres have been opened nationwide for physical and in-person registration, adding, “that the CVR exercise which commenced on 28th June 2021 will continue for the next one year.”

INEC had last week revealed that 203,497 eligible Nigerians had completed online pre-registration as fresh voters, seven days after the commencement of the exercise.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, had in an update on the CVR issued on Tuesday, in Abuja, said that the figure was recorded as at 7a.m on July 5, as the commission met to discuss the CVR exercise, which commenced on June 28.

“As at 7a.m on July 5, one week after the commencement of the exercise, 203,497 eligible Nigerians have completed the online pre-registration as fresh voters.

“The figure rises to 259,713 if applications for voter transfer, requests for replacement of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), update of voter information record are included”, Okoye said.

Of the 203,497 applications received, Osun state had the highest figure of freshly registered voters with 67,772 applications, followed by Lagos with 30,338 and FCT with 12,160.

States with the least fresh voter applications, within the period, were Ebonyi with 350, Kebbi 624, Abia 626 and Jigawa with 679.

The distribution of the figure by gender, according to INEC, had indicated that of the total registered, males constituted 166, 712 of the number while 93,001 were female.

The age distribution for the first week also showed that the number of newly registered youth (18 to 34 years) was 175,8047; middle age (34 to 49 years) is 64,141; the elderly (50 to 69 years) is 17,644; while the old (70 years and above) was 2,079.

The occupation distribution included artisans-15,414; Business-44,478; civil servants-11,022; farming/fishing-7,720 housewives-2,516, traders-18,865; public servants-7,269; students-66,143 and others-83,283.

Okoye stated that the full details of the exercise for the first one week had been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

“For emphasis, the physical or in-person registration is scheduled to commence in all our state and local government offices nationwide on Monday, July 19.

“Eligible Nigerians who wish to register physically and those who have scheduled their appointments to complete their online pre-registration will have the opportunity to do so.

“Both online pre-registration and the physical registration will go on simultaneously, throughout the duration of the CVR.

“Further details of the schedule of activities and locations for the physical exercise will be made available next week,” he added.

Okoye urged every eligible Nigerian to seize the opportunity of the online pre-registration or the in-person option to register as a voter, saying that the update was online with the Commission’s promise to update Nigerians after one week of the exercise.

He said INEC would be providing weekly updates that would include a detailed breakdown of the distribution of registrants by State, occupation, gender and age.

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