The general election in 2023 would be an election for Nigeria’s youth, according to Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
During his address at Chatham House in London on Tuesday afternoon, Yakubu said records on the ground indicated that the election will be dominated by the Nigerian youth, following the breakdown of voter registration and the collection of Permanent Voter Cards in Nigeria he gave.
Over 600,000 eligible voters picked up their PVCs in Lagos alone in the past month, according to Yakubu, who said he was heartened by the turnout of registered voters to collect their PVCs.
He said; “there are currently 93.4 million registered voters in Nigeria out of which 37 million, that is 39%, are young people between the ages of 18 and 34.”
“And then they’re closely followed by 33.4 million or 35.3% middle-age voters between the ages of 35 and 49.”
“Put together, these two categories constitute 75.39% of registered voters in Nigeria. So, actually, the 2023 election is the election of the young people because they have the numbers. Even the majority of the PVCs collected are collected by young people,” Yakubu added.
“So, out of the 93.4 million, 70.4 million registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 49.”
He reminded the audience that the collection of the PVCs would end on January 29, adding that “we have to end it because before the election we will publish the number of PVCs collected on polling unit by polling unit basis nationwide.”