Nigeria releases list of 73.5 million voters
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Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2011, 16:46
  
Abuja: Over 73.5 million people are eligible to vote in the upcoming Nigerian polls in April, in which incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan will also try his luck.

There has been an increase of roughly six million people from the last statistics.

Nigeria's electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of 73,528,040 people.

The Presidential polls are scheduled for April.

The commission issued the numbers lst night, which are up from previous estimates of 67.7 million registered voters. The commission also said it detected more than 870,000 duplicate registrations.

According to the chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, some prominent politicians were involved in the multiple registrations and would be made known to the public with the aim of having them prosecuted in due time.

Politicians in the country which is Africa's biggest democracy with a population of 150 million have started campaigns with spates of bombings especially at rally grounds threatening the relative peace that characterised past elections, On Thursday, a bomb explosion killed 10 persons at a rally ground in the northern state of Niger close to the country’s capital, Abuja.

The elections will be contested by President Goodluck Jonathan and other presidential candidates, including former head of state, General Ibrahim Buhari and former anti-graft chief Nuhu Ribadu.

PTI


First Published: Friday, March 04, 2011, 16:46


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