According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Over eight million Nigerian youths have completed the concluded Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, exercise which ended on the 31st July 2022,

The Commission made the announcement on Monday, 1st August 2022, following the expiration of the deadline set for the Continuous Voters Registration, CVR, on 31st July 2022, stating that a total of 12,298,944 registrations were completed, while it also recorded 10,487,972 fresh registrations.

A cross-section of youths waiting for their turn
during the just concluded registration exercise

The statistics, which the commission released on Monday, shows that youths between the age of 18 to 34 years old dominated the completed registrations with 8,784,677 entries.

Further breakdown of the statistics informed that online entries stood at 3,444,378, while physical registrations was 8,854,566. Out of this figure, 6,074,078 were males, while 6,224,866 were females.

Public servants recorded 125,025, forming the lowest category entrants. Persons living with Disabilities, PWDs, recorded 87,083 turnouts.

Lagos State had the highest number of entrants with 585,629 registrations, followed closely by Kano State with a record of 569,103 registrations. Delta State was third with 523,517 entries, while Ekiti State recorded the lowest turnout with 124,844 registrations

INEC disclosed that the Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, or persons captured in the CVR0000 would be ready in October and November 2022.

Reacting to the success of the voter registration process, a young Nigerian lady, Hauwa said “I’m so excited that I was eventually able to get my registration done“. She expressed relief and joy after finally registering on the day of the deadline given by INEC.

Meanwhile, INEC has warned Nigerians in a statement on their website not to fall victims to fake websites advertising voter registration.

Barely 24 hours after the suspension of voter registration, the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been drawn to an online site urging Nigerians to enroll in voter card registration, claiming that the Federal Government has approved individual voter card registration online to avoid the unnecessary crowd in the ‘NIMC’ center” the statement said.

The Commission further explained that it is the only body constitutionally and legally mandated to conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote in any election in Nigeria and to update and revise the register when the need arises.

The Commission is also solely responsible for organizing, undertaking, and supervising national elections in the country and does not share this responsibility with anybody or organization.

Members of the public are strongly advised not to succumb to the antics of online scammers and should avoid such fake sites.

The Commission has concluded the Continuous Voter Registration exercise nationwide and does not need to open an additional site or portal for the purposes of registration of voters.

Story: Hilda Katu