Analysis of registered voters from July 13, 2022 to July 31, 2022 by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicates dominance of young potentials to drive the electoral process to decide election contest.
In a paper presented at a workshop organised by INEC in Awka, with the theme, Zonal Engagement with the Youth Focused Group, the National Commissioner of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye stated that analysis of registered voters in middle of 2022 indicates that over 7.28 million registered voters are youths, stressing that the youth population constitutes the greatest number of voters for 2023 general elections.
Explaining further, he noted that Nigeria is a country with a growing youth population and must not be ignored.
According to him, of more than 9.5 millions Nigerian eligible voters, 7.28 million or 76 per cent of new registrants who are within 18 to 34 years of age are young people.
The INEC image maker further disclosed that the youths constitute 51 per cent of 84 million Nigerians who registered for 2019 general elections, stressing that the group therefore constitute a critical mass whose participation in public life cannot be ignored.
“Since the demography of Nigeria has changed and youths constitute a formidable block of the demography, politically engaged and conscious youths must assist others with lax disposition to national issues to become more focused”.
The electoral umpire however, lamented youth restiveness and election related malpractices which had involved lost of lives and properties.
He assured that 2023 general elections would be technology driven; stressing that current Electoral Act 2023 has comprehensively incorporated the use of technology in the electoral process.
“The use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for accreditation of voters is mandatory”.
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