North West has the highest number of registered voters, says INEC

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman

The North-West geopolitical zone, which comprises the seven states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, and Jigawa, with a total of 22.67 million registered voters, has the highest number of registered voters, reports www.totorinews.com.

According to INEC, as of the 2019 elections, the North-West had 20.15 million voters. However, the latest report published by electoral body  showed that 2.5 million new voters registered during the recently concluded continuous voter registration, bringing the total number of registered voters in the zone to 22.67 million. The South-West, which earlier had 16.29 million registered voters, now has18.3 a million, having added 2,039,982 new registered voters. The zone comprises Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, and Ondo.

In the third position is the South-South which comprises Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Edo, and Delta states. The number of registered voters in the zone has increased from 12.8 million to 15.2 million.

The North-Central which is made up of Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Niger, Kwara, and Plateau, now has 14.1 million voters while the North-East which is made up of Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi, and Gombe, added 1.5 million new voters to reach 12.8 million registered voters.

The South-East, which is the smallest geopolitical zone, and consists of five states – Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Anambra, and Imo – now has 11.49 million voters while the number of registered voters in the Federal Capital Territory has increased from 1.3 million to 1.5 million.

Lagos maintained its position as the state with the highest number of registered voters, increasing its figure from 6.5 million to 7.1 million. Kano State also maintained its second position, adding 569,103 new voters to increase its number to 6.02 million.

Kaduna State now has 4.4 million registered voters while Rivers State has now overtaken Katsina as the fourth largest state in terms of voters. While Rivers now has 3.68 million voters, Katsina has 3.57 million.

Some other states with a sizeable number of registered voters are Delta (3.3 million) and Oyo (3.3 million) Also, Ekiti retained its position as the state with the lowest number of registered voters despite rising from 909,967 registered voters to 1,034,911.

Youths make up 71% of new voters, women outnumber men

A breakdown of INEC’s report also showed that about 71 percent of the newly registered voters are youths. Of the 12.2 million newly registered voters, about 8.7 million are between the ages of 18 and 34 while about 2.4 million are between ages 35 and 49. Those between ages 50 and 69 are about 856,017 while about 127,541 are over 70.

The statistics also revealed that more women registered during the latest CVR than men. While 6,224,866 are women, 6,074,078 are men.

Speaking at the post-election training audit for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun in Abuja on Monday, the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of The Electoral Institute, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, said youths and women constituted the majority of voters.

A political analyst, Dr. Busari Dauda, said the new composition of registered voters could determine the winner of the presidential election.

He also said this was a signpost that youths were ready 

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