Lagos is the second most populous state in Nigeria, with a population of over 20 million residents.

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State has now released the figure of eligible voters in the centre of excellence.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 6,609,115 (Six Million, Six Hundred And Nine Thousand, One Hundred And Fiften) residents of Lagos are eligible to vote in the 2019 General Elections.

Mr. Sam Olumekun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner disclosed this at a workshop on Lagos State Election Security Strategic Plan for 2019 Elections.

The workshop was organised by Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) in collaboration with INEC in Lagos State.

Prince Adelani Asade, the Administrative Secretary of the commission delivered Olumekun’s speech at the workshop.

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Lagos state has 245 Registration Areas (Wards), 8,462 polling units, and 3,669 voting points across the 20 Local Governments of the state and Olumekun believes that security is key to holding a successful election.

“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 conducting a peaceful and successful general elections 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 said.

The INEC commissioner commended the NPP and hoped that 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 pro-activeness on security, had informed regular meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election security where matters concerning security before, during and after the elections are discussed.

Olumekun said INEC would improve on the conduct of elections in 2019.

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