18 parties compete in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa for 5.4m votes

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Over 5.4 million voters are registered to vote in the governorship elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa states on November 11, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Sam Olumekun, the chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee and national commissioner, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

Among other things, the commission discussed the planning for the off-cycle governorship elections in the states of Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi during its regular meeting today, Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

“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,” according to Olumekun, regarding the upcoming elections.

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The political parties taking part in the elections will be given soft copies of every state’s complete voter registration list, he said.

In addition, he said, “To emphasize, all eighteen political parties in Kogi State, seventeen in Imo State, and sixteen in Bayelsa State are sponsoring candidates.”

“Political party state chairmen or their designated representatives are invited to attend the event, which will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Collation Centers in the state headquarters of the commission in Lokoja, Owerri, and Yenagoa.”

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In keeping with INEC’s commitment to expanding the use of technology for voter accreditation and result management, Olumekun further stated that the commission had completed the arrangements for mock voter accreditation across the three states in order to test-run the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and upload polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.

“On Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm, the exercise will take place concurrently in the three states.

We’ve already posted the list of authorized polling places for every state on our website and social media accounts.

“Lessons learned from the exercise will be taken into account to guarantee the BVAS and IReV are deployed seamlessly on election day. This is not the real election; rather, it is merely a test run.

He declared, “Once more, the commission calls on registered voters in the chosen polling places to show up for the exercise with their Permanent Voters Cards.”

He also disclosed that, for the governorship elections scheduled for November 11, INEC had authorized 119 domestic and 8 foreign observers.

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