Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Tuesday said that the 2023 general election is an election for the young people in Nigeria.
Yakubu said this at Chatham House, London while addressing the global audience.
In his address, Yakubu gave a breakdown of voter registration and collection of Permanent Voter Cards in Nigeria, stressing that records on the ground showed that the election would be dominated by the Nigerian youth.
The INEC boss, who said he was encouraged by the turn-out of registered voters to collect their PVCs, said over 600,000 eligible voters collected their PVCs in Lagos alone within the last one month.
He noted that there are currently 93.4 million registered voters in Nigeria out of which 37 million, that is 39 per cent, are young people between the ages of 18 and 34.
Yakubu said, “And then they’re closely followed by 33.4 million or 35.3 per cent middle-aged voters between the ages of 35 and 49.
“Put together, these two categories constitute 75.39 per cent of registered voters in Nigeria. So, actually, the 2023 election is the election of the young people, because they have the numbers. Even the majority of the PVCs collected are collected by young people.
“So, out of the 93.4 million, 70.4 million registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 49.”
The INEC boss reminded the audience that the collection of the PVCs would end on January 29, adding that “we have to end it because before the election we will publish number of PVCs collected on polling unit by polling unit basis nationwide.”