The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a report on Tuesday stated that 4.5 million Nigerian youths registered for the just concluded online voters registration exercise.
Driving the news
INEC’s data revealed that of the 10.2 million fresh applicants in this year’s, 6.5 million completed the registration process with Nigerian youths accounting for 4.5 million or 69.5%. These youths are between the ages of 18 – 34.
- Of the remaining 2 million people, 1.3 million were of mid ages between 35 – 49.
- Another 556,572 people were elderly people between the ages of 50 – 69.
- The age bracket of 70 years and above made up the list with the lowest number of registrants, with 76,186 of them.
- By gender, more females registered with 3.29 million than males with 3.25 million.
What you should know
- INEC announced the closure of the online registration by Monday 30th 2022, but as of the filing of this report, the portal was still open. And the continuous voter registration would end by June 30, 2022.
- Campaigns on social media and other forms of media in Nigeria have mostly triggered the interest of Nigerian youths in the registration exercise.
- The growing number of youths in Nigeria confirmed by a UN world population report suggests the possibility of a significant influence of the age group on the outcome of next year’s election.