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2023 Polls: Top 10 States With Highest Number Of Registered Voters

Lagos is currently the State with the highest voting population in the country. It had 7 million registered voters according to INEC’s figure.


Sodiq Opeyemi Adelakun

As Nigerians approach the February 25 poll, here are the top 10 States with the highest number of registered voters as of January 2023.


10. Bauchi (2,749,268 registered voters)

This is the only North-Eastern State in the list with a record of 2.74 million voters in the new voters’ registration. In 2019, the State had 2.46 million electorates trailing Benue as the ninth leading State in the top 10 list.


9. Benue (2,777, 727 registered voters)

From 2.4 million registered voters in 2019, Benue has been able to shore up its voters’ list through the CVR. At the end of the exercise, the state recorded 351,956 completed new voters registration. The State now has 2.77 million registered voters and is one of the leading States to have such a number at the moment.

8. Plateau (2,789,528 registered voters)

Close to Delta in terms of registered voters is Plateau with 2.78 million. It is the only State in this list that did not make the top 10 States in 2019.

7. Delta (3, 221,697 registered voters)

Delta is trailing Oyo with 3.22 million electorates. Out of the total registered voters, the percentage of males is more than the female counterpart.

6. Oyo (3,276,675 registered voters)

The South-Western State had 2.93 million voters in 2019 but currently boasts 3.27 million making it the sixth State with the highest electorates in the country.

5. Katsina (3,516,719 registered voters)

It is the North-Western State with the highest number of registered voters after Kaduna. The State had 3.5 million in the current voter distribution compared to its 3.2 million in 2019.

4. Rivers (3,537,190 registered voters)

This is the only State in the South-South with the highest voting population. In the recent voter distribution, Rivers recorded 3.5 million voters as against the 3.21 million recorded in 2019. Out of the total number of registered voters, 1.6 million (46.7%) are female while 1.8 million (53.3%) are male.

3. Kaduna (4,335,208 registered voters)

The State is currently trailing Kano with 4.3 million voters as of Wednesday, January 11, 2023. According to INEC, 2 million female representing 46.2% was recorded during the continuous registration exercise as against the 2.3 million male (53.8%) in the voter distribution.

2. Kano (5,921,370 registered voters)

Located in Northern Nigeria, Kano remained in the second position at the end of the completed voter registration exercise. A total of 569,103 was recorded in the State during CVR. With this, Kano, which had 5.45 million voters in 2019 now has a total of 5.9 million.

1. Lagos (7,060,195 registered voters)

With over 15 million people in its domain, Lagos is currently the State with the highest voting population in the country. It had 7 million registered voters according to INEC’s figure.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, said that 93,469,008 voters are contained in the register for the 2022 general elections.

In a meeting with 18 political parties in Abuja on Wednesday, Yakubu disclosed that 44,414,846 registered voters are females and 49,054,162 are males.

Meanwhile, of the total registered voters, the number of young people between 18 and 34 stood at 37,060,399, representing 39.65% of the total registered voters. In contrast, the elderly between the ages of 50 and 69 stood at 17,700,270, representing 18.94% of total registered voters.

Franktalk Now with additional reporting by Metro

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