The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has reiterated the electoral umpire’s commitment to conduct the forthcoming general elections as scheduled.
Yakubu made this known on Wednesday, during a meeting with the leadership of the 18 political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, stressing that the electoral body has no plans to postpone the general elections in February and March this year.
According to him, “The commission is not contemplating any adjustment to the election timetable let alone postponement to the general elections. The repeated assurance by security agencies for the adequate protection of personnel and process also reinforces our determination to proceed.”
“The 2023 general elections will be held as scheduled. Any report to the country is not the official position of the commission”.
The INEC boss also presented the 2023 voter register to the parties ahead of the elections as required by the 2022 Electoral Act.
The register, which contains 93,469,008 voters for the 2023 general elections, revealed that 44,414,846 registered voters are females, and 49,054,162 are males.
Yakubu noted that out of the total registered voters, the number of young people between the ages of 18 and 34 stood at 37,060,399, representing 39.65% of total registered voters while the elderly between the ages of 50 and 69 stood at 17,700,270, representing 18.94% of total registered voters.