The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) has called on the electorates to use the power of their vote to influence a peaceful and successful 2019 general elections.
Making this call was the Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who noted that since April 2017 when the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise started, some 9,700,999 new voters had been registered as at 14th June 2018 and urged believed the number would rise above 80 million before the 2019 elections.
He however, appealed to Nigerians to ensure they obtain their voters card and make use of it wisely in order to select a credible leader for the country.
“If we add this to the current register of 69,720,350 voters, we will have a register of over 80 million voters in 2019. Since CRV is ongoing, clearly the number will rise above 80 million,” Yakubu said.
“Election will be conducted in 119,973, 809 Wards (Registration Areas); 68 political parties, the largest number in our electoral history. This figure is set to rise as the Commission processes more applications (138 as at last week) from associations seeking registration as political parties.”
“You are a major influencer of public opinion. Since a good election is good for business, our first appeal to you is to use your influence in doing advocacy for peaceful elections,” Yakubu told the business community.
By Augustine Akhilomen