From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said that since the commencement of the online pre-registration of voters which began on Monday, June 28, this year nationwide, a total of 542, 576 Nigerians have completed their registration.
He said it has been over two weeks now since the commencement of the online pre-registration of voters nationwide beginning from the above date to Monday July 12, this year, a total of 542, 576 Nigerians have so far registered.
Prof. Yakubu stated this at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja, saying that out of the figure, 456, 909 are fresh registrants, while 85, 667 have applied for voter transfer, replacement of permanent voter cards (PVCs), update and voter information record.
He further explained that out of 542, 576 of the online registrants, about 356, 777 or 66 per cent are young people between the ages of 18 and 34 years.
This he said, followed by 134, 719 middle aged who fall between 35 and 49 years, while the third category falls between 50 and 69 years of which 44, 896 have registered.
The chairman of the commission, who was pleased with the progress made so far, said even the senior citizens from 70 years and above have taken advantage of the new online opportunity to register their voter’s cards.
On occupational distribution of registrants, Prof. Yakubu said that about 156, 446 are students and 38, 217 artisans, while 24, 421 are farmers and fishermen.
Also, a total number of 150, 145 are businessmen and traders and 35, 831 are public servants and 8, 334 are housewives.
The remaining of 129, 182 registrants, he said did not specify their occupations.
On gender, according to him, 321, 781 are males, while 20, 795 are females.
He, however said that in their effort to serve all the people of the country better, the commission has requested registrants to indicate their disability if any.
“This will enable us to optimally and efficiently deploy assistive voting devices such as Braille ballot guide and magnifying glasses for persons with special needs at polling units on election day.
“So far, we have data for 6, 558 registrants who have clearly indicated their type of disability,” he said.