At the completion of nationwide registration of voters and the integration of new registrants into the National register of voters, a total of Eighty Four Million, Four Thousand and Eighty Four (84,004,084) voters would participate in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this today during the regular quarterly consultative meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), held in Abuja.
The meeting had in attendance, all heads of security agencies across the country including NYSC Director-General, Major General Suleiman Kazaure.
Yakubu said the figure remains the largest database of citizens in Africa and one of the largest voters’ register in the world.
The Independent National Electoral Commission and other collaborating agencies also promised maximum security for all voters and electoral officials during the elections.
Mahmood said there was the need to overhaul the security network adding that the Nigeria Police remains the lead agency for election security.
He added that INEC is committed to ensuring that elections are organised in such a manner that security agencies not perceived to be running a parallel arraignment with INEC.
“Learning from the experiences of some of the elections conducted since 2015, it is pertinent to draw our attention to the need for different approach to the deployment of security forces during elections”.
“The Nigeria Police Force remains the lead agency for election security. Other security agencies will play supportive role to the Nigeria Police”, Mahmoud said.