With 91 registered political parties in Nigeria and the 2019 general election is only 35 days away and Nigerians are finally getting set to vote for candidates to lead them for the next four years.
The 2019 election will kick off with the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 16 while governorship and state assembly elections will take place on March 2.
While many believe that the election will be closely fought between the candidates of the two leading parties, the All Progressives Congress and People’s Democratic Party, there are a lot more candidates who will appear on the ballot on the election days.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will unveil the final lists of the presidential and National Assembly by January 17, 2019, and governorship and state house of assembly lists by January 31, 2019.
Here is the breakdown of the 2019 voters:
Total registered voters.
The total registered voters for the 2019 general elections stands at 84,004,084 voters. This is about 15 million more than the figure in 2015 poll which stood at 68 million.
Registered voter per state
Lagos and Kano States have the highest number of registered voters with 6.5 million and 5.4 million respectively. Bayelsa and Ekiti States have the least number of voters with 923,181 and 909,967 respectively.
The Northwest and Southwest have the highest number of registered voters, with approximately 20 million voters and 16 million voters respectively. The South East and North-East have the least number of voters with 10 million and 11 million respectively.
Other regions include: South-South has 12 million while North-Central has 13million registered voters.
The registered male voters 44,405,439 (52.86%) is higher than the female voters 39,598,645 (47.14%).
Nigerians in the age range of 18 and 35 years constitute the highest with 51.11 per cent, which is 42,938,458 voters. Those between 36 and 50 years closely follow, constituting 29.97 per cent, which is 25,176,144.
Those between 51 and 70 years constitute 15.22 per cent, with 3,100,971 voters; while over 70 years constitute 3.69 per cent.
Provisional candidate figures
Nigeria will be witnessing the highest number of candidates jostling for positions in the 2019 general elections with over 20,000 candidates expected to stand for elections.
As at now, there are 1,800 senatorial candidates and 2,600 house of representatives candidates vying to represent the 109 senatorial districts and 360 federal constituencies respectively.
About 14,000 candidates will be vying for 991 state constituency seats.
Elections will take place in 120,000 locations