North-West, South-West top voters list of 2023 general election

The North-West and South-West are at the top of the list of 93,469,008 Nigerians who are eligible to vote in this year’s general election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the list to the 18 registered political parties yesterday.

According to the new list, the North-West has the most registered voters (93,469,008), with 22,255,562. The South-West comes in second with 17,958,966 people.

Northcentral ranks third with 15,363,731 registered voters; South-South ranks fourth with 14,440,714; and North-East ranks fifth with 12,542,429.

The South-East has the fewest eligible voters (10,907,606).

49.5 million, or 52.5 percent, of the 93,469,008 total registered voters are males, while 44.4 million, or 47.5 percent, are females.

Youths in the age bracket of 18 to 34 are 37,060,399 or 39.65 percent of the total number. The number of persons between ages 35 and 49 (middle age) is 33,413,591 or 35.75 percent out of the total number while the elderly (50 to 69) are 17,700,270 or 18.94 percent. Senior citizens (70+) are the least with 5,294,748 or 5.66 percent.

The list also shows that students constitute the highest bloc as 26,027,481 of them, representing 27.8 percent, are registered voters. They are followed by 14,742,554 farmers/fishermen (15.8 percent) and 13,006,939 housewives (13.9 percent).

A total of 12,457,997 business professionals, 7,998,658 traders, 5,283,549 civil servants, 4,967,464 artisans, 2,376,223 public servants and 5,283,549 others whose professions could not be determined are also on the list.

A state-by-state breakdown of the list shows Lagos in the Southwest topping the list with 7,060,195 registered voters. It is followed by Kano State in the Northwest which has 5,921,370 eligible voters. Ekiti State in the Southwest has the least number of voters with 502,251.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu, who presented the final list at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, explained that 13, 868, 441 new Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were for new registrants, who sought transfer of their old PVCs and replacement were printed and despatched to states.

Yakubu also stressed that the polls would hold as scheduled beginning with those of the president and National Assembly on February 25.


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