According to Sam Olumekunmni, the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), INEC would in nine days’ time publish the preliminary voter register consisting of all polling units across the federation. 

Why it matters 
The exercise would afford eligible voters having the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their respective voting centers in preparation for elections scheduled to be held in February 2023. 

What they are saying 
Public Affairs Officer, INEC Lagos, Nike Oriowo, speaking as a representative advised political parties “to encourage more grassroots participation and engagement.” Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had yesterday quoted the budget for the 2023 election as N355 billion as against the earlier figure of N305 billion. 

  • He further justified the N50 billion increment as the provision for commission’s yearly vote. 

What you should know 
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday announced that 93.5 million Nigerians were registered to vote in the 2023 general elections. The figure totals the 12.29 million Nigerians who completed the suspended Continuous Voter Registration exercise (CVR) and the 84,004,084 voters already in the existing register.  

Elections should hold elections in 176,846 polling units in the 774 local government areas of the country, disregarding the regions submerged by flood.

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