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#2019Elections : 72 Million Nigerians to Elect President

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The decision of who becomes Nigerias next president will be taken by about 72 million persons who have so far collected their permanent voters cards (PVCs), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hinted.

According to data released by the commission a total of 72,775,502 million Nigerians have collected their PCVs and now qualify to cast their votes in tomorrows polls to elect Nigerias president for the next four years.

They will also be voting in their constituencies to elect legislators in the federal parliament, that is, the Senate and House of Representatives of the National Assembly.

It was 43.65 percent in 2015, 53.7 percent in 2011, 57.47percnt in 2007, 69.1 percent in 2003 and 52.3 percent in 1999.

In the figures released by the Commission, out of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos leads the chart of states with people having their PVCs with 5,531,389 million. Kano is second with 4,696, 747 million while Kaduna is third with 3,648,831 million.

Speaking at the fourth press conference held at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, since the postponement of the elections last week, INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said a total of 72,775,502 million Nigerians collected their PCVs out of 84,004,084 million that registered.

On the total of 11,228,582 million PVCs yet to be collected, he said they had been deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for distribution after the conclusion of the 2019 general elections.

He said:At yesterday (Wednesdays) briefing, we promised to make public detailed information on collection of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) nationwide. The Commission has operated on the policy that no citizen can vote without the PVC issued by the Commission and read by the Smart Card Reader (SCR).

The last date for the collection of PVCs was Monday, February 11, 2019. Out of 84,004,084 registered voters, the total number of PVCs collected stands at 72,775,502 million, which represents 86.63% of the total PVCs collected.

According to him, the detailed breakdown and percentages of collection on state-by-state basis had been published on the commissions website.

A total of 11,228,582 PVCs representing 13.37% are uncollected. Out of this figure, 7,817,905 PVCs were carried over from the 2014-2016 registration exercises while 3,410,677 are from the last Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise held between April 2017 and August 2018, he added.

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