By Tunde Johnson, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has registered 74 million voters so far ahead of 2019 general elections.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC, Director of Voter Education and Publicity, said the figure was expected to reach between 80 and 85 million by 2019 because of the on-going nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
Osaze-Uzzi quoted Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman as making the fact known at the 15th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue, where he was represented by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr Solomon Soyebi.
The statement assured Nigerians that only their votes would determine the 2019 general elections and beyond.
It noted that there had been a lot of improvement in the electoral process since the current commission came on board.
It said the commission was not unmindful of the enormous responsibility of conducting elections in a democracy.
‘’INEC would continue to engage all stakeholders to ensure an all-inclusive process.
‘’The commission’s also resolve to adhere strictly to the timelines provided in the recently released Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections,’’ the statement added.