INEC Confirms 72.7 Million Nigerians are Eligible to Vote

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has cleared over 72 million Nigerians to vote in tomorrow’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

This was confirmed by the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday at his daily briefing. According to him the figure represent 86.63 per cent of the 84 million registered voters who collected Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.

He added that 72,775,502 million of the 84,004,084 registered voters collected PVCs before the commission withdrew all the 11,228,582 uncollected last week Monday.

“The withdrawn PVCs will be kept until after the elections on March 9. Only PVC holders will be allowed to vote.”

Speaking on commencement of state deployment of electoral materials to the local government areas. Yakubu said: “There is no state that has not commenced the deployment of electoral materials to the local government areas. In fact, 19 states have fully deployed.”

“By the end of the day, all the states and FCT would have deployed, except Bayelsa State which is moving direct from our state office in Yenagoa to the Registration Area Centres tomorrow.”

The Chairman noted a breakdown and percentage on PVC’s collection on state by state basis.  “ The breakdown shows that Katsina is leading other states with 98 per cent PVCs collection rate, Taraba trailing with 97 per cent, Kebbi (95 per cent) and Zamfara 94 per cent).  Yobe State recorded 92 per cent collection.”

Meanwhile, Lagos has the highest number of uncollected PVCs with 1.038 million.

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