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  About 84 million people registered to vote in 2019; with a total of 26.45 million people voting at the elections. As the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has begun afresh about 7 weeks ago, positive numbers are being recorded with the online version of the CVR nationwide drive.
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Reports have it that about 1.6 million potential voters have registered via the online medium. Out of these numbers, 195,591 Nigerians have completed their CVR registration by going to their chosen INEC office to capture their biometrics. While informing the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the updated CVR report in Abuja on Monday, the INEC National Commissioner and the Information and Voter Education Committee Chairman, Mr Festus Okoye, disclosed that;
“As at 7 a. m. on Monday, Aug. 9, the number of online fresh registrants is now 1,609,981 while 195,591 citizens have completed their physical registration.”
Of the 195,591 Nigerian citizens who completed their online and physical registration; 113,041 were male, 82,550 of them were female, while 2,084 were people who live with disabilities. Overall gender distribution data received also showed that 1,119,675 of the received applications (uncompleted) were male and 865,036 female.  Across the country, 22,941 applicants were people with disabilities.
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When comparing state registration distribution, Osun State had the highest number of total online registrations (uncompleted) of the total 1,984,711 applications received within six weeks that the CVR commenced. Meanwhile, Anambra state had the highest number of applicants who completed their registration with 15,110. Osun closely follows with 12,493 completed registrations and Bauchi with 9,943. Other applications generated via the online medium included requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC), those seeking voter transfer, and update of voter information record, and so on. Okoye also enjoined Nigerians 18 years and above who are yet to exercise their civic right to seize the opportunity of both the online and offline (in-person) medium to register to vote in the incoming 2023 elections. Bottom line: It is evident that the innovative move to allow the option of online Continuous Voter Registration is slowly encouraging the upwardly mobile crop of the Nigerian population to participate across the various layers of electioneering in Nigeria. The jury is out that in the next one and half years and by the election season in 2023, there would have been a sizeable population of Nigerians ready to vote having registered via the online CVR mode. Featured Image Source: Businessday NG
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This article was first published on 20th August 2021


Macaddy is mostly a farmer in the day who also dabbles into technology at night, in search of other cutting edge intersections. He's on Twitter @i_fix_you

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