73.2 million voters have been registered for the 2019 general election, while registration exercise continues, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu revealed.

According to INEC, the figure reflects what was realised in April, 2017, though it projected to register more than 80 million voters for the upcoming election. INEC also vowed to deliver better election in 2019 than in 2015.

The commission added that not less than 8 million Permanent Voter Cards have not been claimed by their owners.

The election umpire boss divulged the information while addressing European Union Electoral Follow-up Mission delegates to Nigeria, and stakeholders at the roundtable, adding that voter register is crucial to the credibility of the elections.

“We started in April and as at last week, we have registered 3.2 million (Nigerians) on top of the 70 million registered voters for the 2015 general elections that we had before. Our projection is that the voters register will probably be over 80 million by 2019.”

European Union Electoral Follow-up Mission also handed some 30 recommendations to INEC after the 2015 general elections. The delegates were led by Mr. Santiago Fisas.

In response, the INEC chief noted that planning is crucial towards achieving effectiveness of the 2019, by implementing the Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

“We have a Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and we have along with that, a strategic programme of action. We have just completed the draft Election Project Plan for 2019. Hopefully next week, we will come up with a figure of what it will cost this nation to conduct the 2019 general elections.”

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