Election Preparations Underway as INEC Releases Official Voter Numbers
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that a staggering 5.4 million Nigerians are registered to vote in the upcoming governorship elections scheduled for November 11th in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states. This revelation was made by Sam Olumekun, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, during a press statement released on Tuesday.
In a bid to ensure a smooth electoral process, the Commission convened its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, to review the preparations for the off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States. The focus of the meeting was to assess the readiness of the electoral body and address any potential challenges that may arise during the polls.
According to the statement, the number of registered voters for each state is as follows: Bayelsa State has a total of 1,056,862 registered voters, Imo State boasts 2,419,922 registered voters, and Kogi State has 1,932,654 registered voters. These figures culminate in a combined total of 5,409,438 registered voters across the three states.
To ensure transparency and inclusivity, the Commission has scheduled the presentation of soft copies of the complete register of voters for each state to the political parties participating in the elections. It is worth noting that 16 political parties are sponsoring candidates in Bayelsa State, 17 in Imo State, and all 18 parties in Kogi State.
The event, which will take place on Thursday, October 12th, 2023, at 10.00am, will be held at the Collation Centres in the State Headquarters of the Commission in Lokoja, Owerri, and Yenagoa. State Chairmen of political parties or their designated representatives have been invited to attend this crucial gathering.
The electoral exercise is set to take place simultaneously in the three states on Saturday, October 14th, 2023, from 8.30am to 2.30pm. INEC is urging all registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for the exercise. This appeal is part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to encourage maximum participation and ensure the credibility of the electoral process.
As the countdown to the governorship elections continues, INEC remains committed to upholding the principles of fairness, transparency, and accountability. The Commission is working tirelessly to address any logistical challenges and provide a conducive environment for voters to exercise their democratic rights.
With the release of the official voter numbers, political parties and candidates can now strategize and fine-tune their campaign efforts to reach out to their target audience effectively. The competition is fierce, with multiple parties sponsoring candidates in each state, making it crucial for candidates to connect with voters and articulate their vision for the respective states.
The eyes of the nation will be on Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states as they head to the polls on November 11th. The outcome of these elections will undoubtedly shape the future trajectory of these states, and the citizens’ participation will play a pivotal role in determining the leaders who will guide them towards progress and development.
As the electoral process unfolds, INEC’s commitment to transparency and inclusivity will be put to the test. The Commission’s ability to conduct free, fair, and credible elections will be closely monitored not only by the electorate but also by national and international observers.
In conclusion, the stage is set for the governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states. With over 5.4 million registered voters, the stakes are high, and the candidates must seize this opportunity to present their plans and convince the electorate. As citizens, it is our duty to exercise our democratic rights and contribute to shaping the future of our beloved states. Let us come out in large numbers and make our voices heard on October 14th, 2023.