2023: Over 7 million Nigerians won’t be able to vote- INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says over seven million Nigerians failed to complete their online voter pre-registration at physical centres.

The continuous voter registration exercise (CVR), which began in June 2021, ended on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

INEC had launched a portal where Nigerians could register by filing in their biodata and required documents, after which they were expected to visit INEC designated centres to complete the process physically.

However, according to data released by the electoral body, 10,487,972 Nigerians carried out their pre-registration online.

Out of this number, only 3,444,378 Nigerians completed the process at a physical centre.

This means 7,043,594 persons representing over 67 percent of those who began their registration process online, are not eligible to receive a voter card before the 2023 general election and will therefore not be able to vote.

Although INEC said a total of 12,298,944 Nigerians completed their voter registration, 8,854,566 of that number were individuals who did their registration entirely at a physical centre.

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