As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) flags-off the physical registration of Nigerians today across the country, the electoral body has disclosed that the online CVR pre-registration exercise, which commenced four weeks ago, has hit the one million mark.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, dropped the hint on Monday, noting that youths still hold the ace among registrants, with a total of 740,063 or 73.5 percent of the online figure.
According to him, young people between ages 18 to 34 years dominate registrants as he urged these youths and others who have done the online registration to proceed to the states and local government offices of the Commission to complete their registration.
Okoye said: “As of 7am today, July Monday 26, 2021, the number of new registrants has risen to 1,006,661. The detailed distribution of the registrants by age, state/FCT, gender, occupation and disability for Week Four of the exercise has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms.
“However, the distribution by age still shows that 740,063 (or 73.5%) are young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 34. As earlier announced by the Commission, physical or in-person registration begins today, Monday, July 26, 2021, at our 811 state and local government area offices nationwide.
“The exact locations of the designated centres have already been uploaded to our website and social media platforms. For further details, citizens are encouraged to contact our state offices through the dedicated telephone numbers provided in the uploaded publication.
“Nigerians who pre-registered online can now complete their registration at those centres based on scheduled appointments. In addition, other Nigerians who prefer to register physically/in-person can now do so at those centres.
“Both online pre-registration and physical/ in-person registration will continue simultaneously until the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on June 30, 2022, to enable the Commission to clean up the data and compile the voters’ register for the 2023 general elections.“