The Independent National Electoral Commission has identified Lagos as having the highest number of registered voters in the country ahead of the 2015 elections with 5,426,391 out of a total of 70,383,427.
As the country heads for the 2015 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has put the current total number of registered voters in Nigeria at 70,383,427, of which Lagos with 5,426,391 has the highest number of registered voters in the country.
Nigeria’s commercial capital is followed by Kano with the second highest number of registered voters of 4,751,818.
Releasing the list of registered voters yesterday in Abuja, INEC also created 30,027 new polling units in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as part of efforts to decongest polling units (PUs) across the country, bringing the total number of units nationwide to 150,000.
According to an INEC bulletin circulated to the press and signed by the director in charge of the commission’s secretariat, Ishiaku A. Gali, the commission said the decision to create the additional polling units was taken at the INEC meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
Before the decision to create more polling units, there were 119,973 of them across the 774 local governments.
According to the 2010 Electoral Act, each PU is expected to have not more than 500 voters, but during elections there are PUs that have more than 500 voters.
A glance at the approved re-allocation of 150,000 PUs nationwide showed that Lagos is leading in terms of proportional distribution. Lagos with 5,426,391 registered voters got an additional 2,870 PUs, bringing its total to 11,565 polling units.
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