ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that a total number of 84 million registered voters will participate in the 2019 general elections.
Delivering his keynote address during the official display of voters register in Abuja on Monday, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu accused politicians of buying up Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) from voters, adding that they are also financially inducing them to collect the Voter Identification Numbers (VIN) on their PVCs.
“In fulfillment of this legal requirement, the Commission has made available to each political party a copy of the entire national register of voters. After the mandatory display of the register in all polling units nationwide for claims and objections from November 6-12, 2018, the final register for the 2019 General Elections stands at 84,004,084 voters. This is the register that will be presented to each political party at today’s meeting. It is also the same register that will be available at each polling unit nationwide on election day,” the Commission chairman said.
The electoral umpire also ruled out the use of Incidence Form for the 2019 poll, warning that the deadline for the nomination of party agents for Presidential and National Assembly elections is February 1, 2019 while that of the Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council elections is February 16, 2019.
“I am delighted to once again welcome the Chairman and other officials of political parties to our regular consultative meeting. With 39 days to the 2019 General Elections, electioneering campaigns are in full swing, following your nomination of candidates for the 1,558 constituencies for which elections will be conducted this year. As you are aware, the Presidential election as well as elections for 109 Senatorial Districts and 360 Federal Constituencies will be held on Saturday 16th February 2019.
“Two weeks later, Governorship elections in 29 States of the Federation, 991 State Assembly constituencies and 68 Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will be held on Saturday March 2, 2019. I want to seize this opportunity to thank the Chairmen and leaders of all political parties for the cordial working relationship with the Commission. Through the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), we have continuously synergised with parties, including our collaborative relationship on voter education ahead of major off-season elections.
“As you would have noticed, the Commission has been diligently implementing the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections. We have so far implemented 8 out of 14 activities. At this meeting, we shall implement the 9th activity by publishing the final register of voters for the 2019 General Elections as required by law.
“Similarly, the Commission has printed and delivered the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to the States for collection by registered voters. I urge all registered voters who have not collected their PVCs to approach any of our Local Government Area offices and other designated collection centres nationwide to pick up their cards.”