Only over six million voters are eligible to vote in Lagos State based on a recent report by the Independent National Electoral Commission with the exact figure at 6,609,115 registered voters.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Sam Olumekun, made this declaration at a workshop organised in collaboration with Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) on Lagos State Election Security Strategic Plan for 2019 Elections.
The REC was represented at the workshop by Adelani Asade who is the Administrative Secretary of the commission.
Lagos state has 245 Registration Areas (Wards), 8,462 polling units, and 3669 voting points across the 20 Local Governments of the state and Olumekun agreed that security is key to holding a successful election.
The speech delivered is as follows:
“6,609,115 eligible Nigerians registered to vote during the 2019 general elections in the state.
“I am profoundly grateful to NPP for organising this very important and timely workshop on elections security considering the role of good security structure in the conducting a peaceful and successful general election in 2019.
“It is crucial to say that with 91 political parties and about 74 million voters geared to take informed decision and action at the general elections in 2019, the security of election officials, materials, and the electorate is of utmost importance to the commission.
“Indeed, security is key to the conduct of credible elections. INEC in Lagos is truly proud of partnering with NPP at this most auspicious time in the electoral cycle”.
Olumekun commended the efforts of the NPP and hoped the workshop would give the commission the opportunity to review, reflect, brainstorm, and re-engineer its security structure and strategy.
He added that the commission’s proactiveness on security had informed regular meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election security where matters concerning security before, during and after elections were discussed.
Olumekun said INEC would improve on the conduct of elections in 2019.
Some of the topics at the three-day workshop included: “Importance of Security Threat Analysis in Strategic Planning” and “Identification and Mapping of Peculiar Election Security Threats Across Lagos”.