At least 93.5 million Nigerians have been registered to vote in the 2023 general elections, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Declaring the total number of eligible voters to participate in the exercise as preliminary registered eligible voters, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, noted that 12.29 million Nigerians successfully completed their registrations as new voters in the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
Speaking Wednesday in Abuja during the third quarterly meeting with political parties, Yakubu said that after a rigorous cleanup of the data using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), over 2.78 million were identified and removed as ineligible registrants.
Consequently, he said the commission has identified 23 of its registration officers for severe sanctions having attempted to engage in multiple registrations of Nigerians.
The electoral body helmsman’s disclosures came as the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) passed a vote of confidence on him for his innovations to reshape the electoral process.