Nigeria releases list of 73.5 million voters

Last Updated: Friday, March 4, 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 4, 2011 - 16:46

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