Youths dominate as INEC online CVR exercise hits 1.37m

By Ezeocha Nzeh

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that its online version of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise had captured a total number of 1.377, 733 registrants, since the exercise commenced Nationwide, last month.

The commission also disclosed in a statement issued Wednesday by its National Commissioner, in charge of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Festus Okoye, that it’s physical exercise hits n currently in progress with 120, 600 having completed their registration exercises so far.

The statement, noted that the distribution of the registrants by age, State/FCT, occupation, gender, type of registration and disability has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

Giving further details on the registrants, INEC noted that young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 34 are still leading in both online registration (1,074,260 or 65%) and completed registration (84,619 or 70%).

“In terms of occupation, students are leading in both pre-registration (529,219 or 32%) and completed registration (48,897 or 41%). For gender distribution, 940,062 (or 57%) are male and 717,504 (or 43%) are female for online pre-registration while the figures for completed registration are 72,075 (or 60%) male and 48,525 (or 40%) female.

“Once again, the Commission appeals to all Nigerians to seize the opportunity to either initiate their registration online and schedule an appointment at their convenience to complete the process or visit any of the Commission’s State/LGA office nationwide to register.

“For emphasis, we wish to remind citizens that the ongoing registration does not include those who are already registered as voters. The current exercise is only open to Nigerians who are 18 years and above who have not registered before.  It is an offence under the Electoral Act for any citizen to register more than once,” the statement noted.

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