As Edo State people decide today, Saturday, September 19, 2020, who to vote for in the governorship poll, it has been discovered that 483,796 eligible voters will not participate in the election.
With records at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), showing that the consolidated figure of registered voters in the state as at August 2018 stands at 2,210,534 registered voters, but out of this, only 1,726,738 collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
What this means is that the remaining 483,796 eligible voters who did not collect their PVCs won’t participate in the governorship election.
This figure was conformed an INEC document entitled: “Delimitation of Edo State,” which said the ineligible voters in Edo is on account of failure to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The document also shows that Edo has 18 Local Government Areas, with 192 Wards and 2,627 polling units.
A further breakdown of the registered voters figure in the document shows that the male accounts for 1,159,325 (representing 52 per cent), while 1,051,209 are female (or 48 percent).
Also, from the total registered voters, the youth (18 – 35 years) account for 50 per cent (1,105,338); Middle Aged (36 – 50 years) account for 29.1 per cent (643,551); and Elderly (51 – 70 years) has 15.99 per cent (353,508).
Eligible voters classified as the Old (70 years and above) account for 4.89 per cent (108,137).
Further distribution of registered voters in the three senatorial districts of the state shows that Edo South has the highest figure of 1,281,414: the North with 564,122: and Central senatorial district has 364,998.
The Edo South has seven council areas; the North has six while Central has five Local Government Areas.
According to the number of collected PVCs, Oredo zone has 240,197; Ikpoba-Okha is 214,882; Egor has 158,817; Etsako West has 128,188 and Akoko Edo with 115,343.