The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced that over eight million young Nigerians completed the recently concluded Continuous Voter Registration exercise.

The commission stated this on Monday. According to INEC, there were 10,487,972 fresh registrants, while 12,298,944 persons completed their registrations. Of these, 8,784,677 were young people.

In the approaching elections, the youth demographic has been cited as a key deciding factor, and INEC’s data appears to support this claim.

In a statement signed by National Commissioner Festus Okoye, INEC said it had concluded its Continuous Voter Registration exercise for the 2023 general elections.

“Barely 24 hours after the suspension of voter registration, the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to an online site urging Nigerians to enrol for ‘VOTER CARD (PVC)’ registration claiming that the Federal Government has approved individual VOTER CARD (PVC) registration online to avoid the unnecessary crowd in the ‘NIMC’ CENTERS,” the statement said.

“The Commission states unequivocally that the site is not linked to the Commission, and the link/portal is spurious and from a dubious source.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission is the only body constitutionally and legally mandated to conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote in any election in Nigeria and to update and revise the register when the need arises. The Commission is solely responsible for organising, undertaking, and supervising national elections in the country and does not share this responsibility with anybody or the organisation.

INEC has cautioned Nigerians not to fall for scams involving websites that advertise voter registration.

“Members of the public are strongly advised not to succumb to the antics of online scammers and should avoid such fake sites.

“The Commission has concluded the Continuous Voter Registration exercise nationwide and does not need to open an additional site or portal for the purposes of registration of voters.”

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