80 million Nigerians will determine the fate of President Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential candidates in the 2019 elections.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this on Friday in a paper at the ongoing 67th World Congress of the International Press Institute in Abuja.

He said the 2019 general elections will involve the largest number of registered voters in our history.

"We are currently inching closer to 80 million voters although the nationwide voter registration exercise is ongoing.

"The figure will certainly rise above 80 million registered voters.

"From the statistics of new voter registration nationwide, youths will play a far greater role in the elections and processes thereof in 2019 than in previous elections."

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He said the nation has 68 political parties at present with 138 applications still pending.

“The largest number of political parties will field candidates in the elections.

"There are 68 political parties at present. However, with 138 applications from associations seeking registration as political parties, the number is set to rise higher.

"The political parties will contest in elections into 1,558 national, state as well as local constituencies in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).

Yakubu said although there will be no electronic voting in 2019, INEC will deploy in technology in the process.

“Turning to the use of technology in elections, we shall continue to deepen its deployment until such a time when we can fully automate the entire process. There will be no electronic balloting in 2019, but technology is already being used in many aspects of the processes.

“Electronic voting should be the ultimate step in a chain involving five processes: electronic voter register, accreditation, balloting, collation and transmission of result, ' he added.

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