The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday announced that its has registered 663,748 voters in 1,939 units for the Bayelsa governorship election slated for December 5.
Lawrence Nwuruku, a National Commissioner, who disclosed this in Yenagoa while speaking on the updated Voters’ Register for the state, said the publication of the voter`s register was in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.
Nwuruku said that, “the Voters’ Register must be published at least one month to the election, noting that “the figures reeled out by the ICT and Voter Registry Departments of INEC, a total of 663,748 voters are eligible to vote in 1,939 voting points after the continuous voter registration exercise held in the state from October 2 to 9 this year”.
He said there was an increase of more than 53,000 registered voters in 1,804 polling units from the register used during the 2015 general elections, “the breakdown based on gender distribution, showed that men constitute 54 per cent while women make up 46 per cent of the voting population.
“Two hundred and fifty students were registered while businessmen were 120,000; fishermen and farmers 80,000; civil servants 70,000; and housewives 10,000”.
In a breakdown, Nwuruku said that the age bracket showed that voters aged 31-50 years were the highest with 46 per cent, 18-30 years, 41 per cent; 51-70, years 11 per cent; and above 70 years two per cent.
“We expect all registered voters to come out en-masse and participate during the election,” he said.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bayelsa, Baritor Kpagih, commended the presentation of the voter’s register in the state, noting that, “INEC in the state will intensify preparations for the Dec. 5 Governorship polls.
“I am urging political parties and candidates to sensitize their supporters on the need for peaceful electioneering process,” Kpagih said.