71% Of Newly Registered Voters Are Youths, INEC Reveals

According to INEC, a whopping 71.1% of the 11.011 million registered voters in the current election are under the age of 25.

The figure represented those who registered between June 28, 2021, and July 25, 2022, according to Tonia Nwobi, the INEC representative for Cross River, who spoke in Calabar on Thursday.

295,018 of the total registered in Cross River, according to her.

She claimed that the overall figure included 3,391,940 online registrations in addition to 7,619,179 physical registrations.

โ€œYouths between the ages of 18 years and 34 years formed the majority of registrants with the figure of 7,828,570.

โ€œThose between the ages of 35 years and 49 years numbered 2,192,897; those between the ages of 50 years and 69 years numbered 871,690.

โ€œRegistrants who have clocked 70 years of age and above were 117,962.

Ms Nwobi gave the top five states with the highest figure of registrants to include Lagos, 508,936; Kano, 500,207; Delta, 481,929; Rivers, 436,459 and Kaduna with 417,427.

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The states with the least number of registrants are Ekiti (124,844); Yobe (134,002); Imo (164,835); FCT (170,828) and Ondo (202,419).

Ms Nwobi said female registrants had the higher figure of 5,558,048 (representing 50.5 per cent) while males had 5,453,071 (representing 49.5 per cent).

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She gave further breakdown of the distribution to occupational distribution with students having the highest registration of 4,003,348 representing 36.4 per cent of the total figure.

They are followed by business, farming and housewives: 2,012,312; 1,390,813 and 1,299,409 representing 18.3 per cent, 12.6 per cent and 11.8 per cent, respectively.

โ€œOthers are civil servants, 342,685; artisans, 592,339; trading, 612,048; public servants, 113,331 and others, 644,834,โ€™โ€™ she stated.

INECย has fixed July 31 as the closing date of the exercise.

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