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INEC chair boosts youth morale ahead 2019 polls

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu said Nigerian youths, with their population, can determine the outcome of the 2019 general…

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu said Nigerian youths, with their population, can determine the outcome of the 2019 general elections.

He also revealed that the Osun State Governorship election, slated for September 22, would feature the highest number of contestants in the history of governorship elections in Nigeria.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi L. Oyekanmi, said Prof Yakubu stated this during a courtesy visit to the management of Bayero University (BUK) Kano, which is hosting the INEC Youth Votes Count Campus Outreach Initiative on August 6.

Yakubu said judging from the figures emanating from the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, coupled with the voting pattern noticed in the 2015 general elections; Nigerian youths currently constitute a sizeable percentage of the total population of registered voters that could be a game changer in the 2019 polls. 

“From what we are seeing so far, 2019 is going to be the year of the youth. Quite a large number of those that have registered to vote are the youths, meaning the young boys and girls between the ages of 18 and 35. When we did the analysis of the 2015 presidential election results, the youths also played a very important role. 

“So, we are here (Bayero University) to continue to encourage them. We have already announced the date for the suspension of the CVR, which is August 17th.  We have been registering eligible Nigerians for the last 16 months (since April 27, 2017),” he said.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Mohammed Bello said, “We want to thank you for choosing our university for the zonal engagement event. It shows the confidence you have in us and I assure you that we will do whatever we can to give you support on this.”