Nigerian youths aged 18-34 are leading the pack of new registrants in the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) campaign with 78.7 percent ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, stated this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
He stated that of the total 1,390,519 legitimate registrants, youngsters accounted for 1,093,834 new registrants, while middle-aged registration peaked at 210,233, or 15.1%.
In addition, the elderly aged 50-69 made up 5.5 percent of registrations, or 76,569, while the elderly aged 70 and more made up 9.883 percent, or 0.7 percent.
“The current CVR exercise is now in its fourth quarter across the country.” We reactivated the CVR on June 28, 2021, after it had been suspended for the 2019 general elections.
“Although the exercise was supposed to resume sooner, it was postponed because to the COVID-19 pandemic and several security issues, including ongoing assaults on our offices and facilities around the nation, mostly between October 2020 and May 2021.”
“From June 28th to December 20th, 2021, millions of Nigerians began their registration online and then arranged appointments to complete the process physically.”
“For the pre-registration option, 1,014,382 registrants finished the process, while 1,509,076 Nigerians registered in-person at our designated registration centers around the country.”
“Furthermore, 671,106 Nigerians requested that their records be updated, that their registration be transferred from where they are now registered to other locations, or that their lost or damaged PVCs be replaced,” Yakubu stated.
Yakubu stated that the implementation of biometric voter registration in 2011 aided in the sanitization of the record.
He noted that originally, 73,528,040 Nigerians were registered in 2011, and that the commission was able to delete 4,239,923 invalid registrations using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
“Unfortunately, the disturbing issue of invalid registration remains, as we discovered while cleaning up the most recent registration data.” In contrast to prior exercises, the commission introduced the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), which is a more complete and robust system that includes not just fingerprint identification but also facial biometric recognition.
“Unfortunately, it appears that many registrants have gone out to register again, either because they are unaware that they do not need to re-register if they have already done so, or because they believe our systems would not catch this transgression.”
“This is despite the commission’s repeated warnings against this unlawful activity.” Furthermore, there are registrants whose data is incomplete and does not fit our business requirements for inclusion in the register,” he explained.
According to Yakubu, both categories, ABIS failure and missing data, constitute invalid registrations. Currently, almost 45 percent of completed registrations countrywide are invalid, with the figure climbing to 60 percent or more in some areas.
He bemoaned the fact that this transgression occurred in all of the federation’s states and that no state is free from it.
The INEC chief stated that after finishing the data clean up, the commission produced 1,390,519 PVCs for authentic, new registrants, as well as 464,340 PVCs for validated applications for card transfer or replacement.
Yakubu further stated that all dates in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Elections, including party primaries, are definite and established.
He stated that ten of the 18 registered political parties have provided the commission with notifications for the conduct of their primaries.