2023: Nigeria’s voting population will reach 95 million

the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday projected a voting population of around 95 million for the 2023 general elections in the country. INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu said this at an election security management training in Abuja by the Nigerian Police Force for police and other security personnel ahead of the 2023 General Election. The figure, Yakubu said, was 20 million higher than the combined voting population of the other 14 West African countries in the subregion. He said that the preparations, deployment and implementation of the elections constituted the most extensive mobilization that could occur in a country, whether in times of peace or war. “In Nigeria, it involves recruiting and training staff and managing logistics for their deployment to 176,846 voting units spread across 8,809 constituencies, 774 local areas and 37 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). ). “It also involves a projected voting population of around 95 million for the 2023 general election, which is more than 20 million more than the combined voting population of the other 14 West African countries. “Voters will also elect candidates for 1,491 electoral districts (1 presidential electoral district, 28 gubernatorial elections, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal electoral districts and 993 state assembly seats),” Mr. Yakubu said. The INEC president said that ensuring the safety of voters, electoral staff and materials, candidates, party representatives, observers, the media and carriers was paramount. He said that responsibility had become more challenging in the context of the current security situation in the country. He expressed his joy that the police, as the lead agency in electoral security, had once again demonstrated their leadership role by convening the workshop. Mr. Yakubu said that with some seven months to go until the general election, there was time to take proactive steps to ensure the entire country was secured for elections to take place across the country. He expressed his confidence that the workshop would also focus on deepening the capacity of security personnel to absorb the global electoral security management standard. “Already, the commission, under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security (ICCES), has produced and periodically reviewed the code of conduct and rules of engagement for security personnel in electoral functions. “In the coming weeks, the code of conduct, as well as our training manuals, will be revised to align them with the provisions of the Electoral Law 2022. “And to consolidate the professionalism shown by security agencies in the recent out-of-cycle elections. “We will also step up our cascade training for security personnel ahead of the 2023 general election,” he said. Mr. Yakubu assured the inspector general of police, the heads of other security agencies and all ICCES members that INEC would continue to work in synergy with them to ensure a secure environment for the 2023 general election. “This is a critical election and we must all continue to work together to protect the will of the Nigerian people,” he said. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; 2023: Nigeria’s voting population will reach 95 million