In a recent announcement, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that a staggering number of over 5.4 million Nigerians are registered to vote in the upcoming governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states. This disclosure was made by Sam Olumekun, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee.
During a regular meeting held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, the Commission reviewed the preparations for the off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states. The statement released by INEC stated, “For the forthcoming elections, there are 1,056,862 registered voters in Bayelsa State; 2,419,922 in Imo State; and 1,932,654 in Kogi State, making a combined total of 5,409,438 registered voters for the three states.”
As part of the electoral process, soft copies of the complete register of voters for each state will be presented 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. State Chairmen of political parties or their designated representatives have been invited to attend the event, which will take place at the Collation Centres in the State Headquarters of the Commission in Lokoja, Owerri, and Yenagoa on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 10.00 am.
The exercise itself is scheduled to take place simultaneously in the three states on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. INEC has once again emphasized the importance of registered voters bringing their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to the polling units for the exercise.
The upcoming governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states have generated significant interest and anticipation among the Nigerian populace. With over 5.4 million eligible voters, these elections are poised to shape the political landscape of these states for the foreseeable future.
Imo State, with its 2,419,922 registered voters, is expected to witness a fierce battle between the 17 political parties sponsoring candidates. The outcome of this election will not only determine the state’s leadership but also influence the direction of governance and development in the state.
In Bayelsa State, where 16 political parties are vying for power, the election is set to be a closely contested affair. With 1,056,862 registered voters, the candidates will need to work hard to secure the support of the electorate. The outcome of this election will have far-reaching implications for the state’s economic growth and political stability.
Kogi State, with its 1,932,654 registered voters, is also gearing up for a fiercely contested governorship election. All 18 political parties are sponsoring candidates, indicating the high level of interest and competition in the state. The election will not only determine the state’s leadership but also shape the future of governance and development in Kogi State.
As election day approaches, political campaigns are in full swing in these states. Candidates are crisscrossing the states, engaging with voters, and outlining their plans and visions for the future. The electorate is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights and choose the leaders who will guide their states to progress and prosperity.
INEC has been working tirelessly to ensure a smooth and transparent electoral process. The Commission has put in place measures to guarantee the integrity of the elections and maintain public confidence in the electoral system. The provision of soft copies of the complete register of voters to political parties is just one example of the Commission’s commitment to transparency and inclusivity.
With the increasing use of technology in the electoral process, INEC has been able to streamline voter registration and verification. The Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) have played a crucial role in ensuring that only eligible voters participate in the elections. The Commission has urged registered voters to bring their PVCs to the polling units on election day to facilitate a seamless voting process.
As the countdown to the governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states continues, all eyes are on the candidates and their campaigns. The outcome of these elections will not only impact the lives of the people in these states but also shape the political landscape of Nigeria as a whole.
In conclusion, the confirmation of over 5.4 million registered voters for the upcoming governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states is a testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of Nigerians to participate in the democratic process. The elections present an opportunity for the electorate to choose leaders who will champion their interests and work towards the development and progress of their respective states. With INEC’s efforts to ensure a transparent and inclusive electoral process, all stakeholders can look forward to a successful and credible election.