Lagos State currently has over seven million registered voters, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said weekend.
According to the state resident electoral commissioner (REC), Olusegun Agbaje, the total is an aggregation of those that have been captured in the latest voter registration and those previously registered.
Quoting him, “If the number of new registrants so far in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is added to those in the register of voters before in the state, the number will be about seven million.
“In Lagos State as at Monday, (July 18), those who registered online are 640,560, but many of them have not completed registration. Those who have completed the registration exercise are 451,156.
“The total number of registered voters in Lagos State before the commencement of the ongoing CVR is 6,570,291, and if we add the new registrants, we have about seven million registered voters.”
He said the registration was still going on. According to him, “Every day, there is no one that will come here that will go out without being attended to, unless we cannot finish before 7pm because by that time, all over the country, the system will shut down to avoid misuse of the machines at night. Everybody cannot be captured, but those who come to us will be registered.
“Whoever comes out on weekends, especially those who complained that their work do not allow them will be registered.”
On the delay in issuing the PVS, he said, “We have to take the data to our workshop, analyse what we have, then to another workshop for the printing of cards, transporting them to all the states before we ask people to come and collect. So the processes are quite long and the time is not there. We have to stop the CVR.”