22.3m students, 13.6m farmers to vote in 2019 general elections

Nigerian youths within the age group of 18 to 35 years are the highest population of voters.

Nigerians at a voting centre

22,320,990 students constitute 26.57% of the total 84,004,084 registered voters, followed by 13,630,216 (16.23%) Nigerians engaged in farming and fishing.

11,844,079 (14.10%) housewives are also registered to vote with 10,810,006 (12.87%) of registered voters from the business sector, 7,558,012 (9.01%) traders, 5,038,671 (6%) civil servants, 4,478,202 (5.33%) artisans, and 2,292,167 (2.73%) public servants.

6,021,741 (7.17%) other Nigerians are uncategorised according to INEC's data.

Another classification showed that Nigerian youths within the age group of 18 to 35 years are the highest population of voters as they constitute 51.11% of the total age groups registered to vote at the polls.

The middle-aged (36-50 years) population constitutes 29.97%, the elderly (51-70) population constitutes 15.22% and the old (70+) population constitutes only 3.69%.

During a presentation of the Voter Register in Abuja on Monday, January 7, 2019, INEC's Director of Voter Register, Iro Gambo, revealed that 20,158,100 voters are registered in the northwest, making up 24% of the total 84,004,084.

The southwest region comes second with 16,292,212 registered voters (19.39%), while the north-central has 13,366,070 registered voters (15.91%), and the south-south has 12,841,279 registered voters (15.29%).

The northeast region and the southeast region come last with the total number of registered voters with 11,289,293 (13.44%) and 10,057,130 voters (11.97%) respectively.

Of the total, there are more registered male voters (44,405,439) than female voters (39,598,645). The male population of registered voters make up 52.86% of the total voter register with registered female voters making up the remaining 47.14%.

INEC also revealed that Lagos State and Kano State have the highest number of registered voters with 6.6 million and 5.5 million respectively.

The 2019 general elections 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.

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