The Independent National Election Commission INEC on Wednesday disclosed that over 93.5 million Nigerians are eligible to vote in the 2023 elections.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced this in Abuja during its third quarterly meeting with political parties.
According to him, 12.29 million Nigerians successfully completed their registrations as new voters in the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR.
Yakubu however added hat after a rigorous clean up of the data using the Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS, over 2.78 million were identified and removed as ineligible registrants.
He further disclosed that INEC has identified 23 of its registration officers for severe sanctions for attempting to engage in multiple registration of Nigerians.
This comes as the Inter-Party Advisory Council IPAC passed a vote of confidence on him for his innovations to reshape the electoral process.
The political parties specifically lauded the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS and the INEC Result Viewing IReV Portal in the recently concluded elections in the country and for next year’s general election.
At the meeting, the INEC chairman again said that the decision to deploy BVAS and IReV for the forthcoming polls was cast in stone and therefore unchangeable.
Yakubu revealed that last week, INEC commenced the training of master trainers on election technology to ensure a seamless process, adding that from Thursday, INEC will commence the same training at zonal levels and subsequently train all its ad hoc staff for the 176,846 polling units nationwide.
“On this note, let me once again reassure Nigerians that there is no going back on the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS for voter accreditation. There is no going back on the transmission of results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal IReV in real-time on Election Day.
“There will be no Incident Form that enables ineligible persons to vote using other people’s Permanent Voters Cards PVCs during elections. We are committed to ensuring that the 2023 General Election is transparent and credible, reflecting the will of the Nigerian people”, he said.
Yakubu also disclosed that at the end of the recent CVR, 12,298,944 Nigerians successfully completed the registration as new voters and that after a rigorous cleaning-up of the data using the Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS, a total of 2,780,756 (22.6%) were identified as ineligible registrants and invalidated from the record.
Among those whose registrations were invalidated were double/multiple registrants, underaged persons and outrightly fake registrations that failed to meet INEC’s business rules.
“Consequently, the number of valid registrations (post-ABIS) is 9,518,188.
“In terms of demographic distribution, 7.2 million new voters or 76.5% are young people between 18-34 years while there is a slightly higher number of female (4.8 million or 50.82%) than male (4.6 million or 49.18%) voters. In terms of occupation, 3.8 million (40.8%) are students.”