Seventy-three (73) presidential candidates competing for the final seat, one thousand sixty-six (1,066) candidates for governor, one thousand nine hundred four (1,904) candidates for the Senate, four thousand six hundred and eighty, (4,680) Candidates for the House of Representatives are some of the key facts and figures from the 2019 general elections, as reflected in a report released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The report entitled ”2019 General Election Review: Commission Withdrawals Report and Stakeholder Engagement.
It also revealed that 14,580 candidates competed for the seats of the State Assembly Chamber, while 105 candidates competed for the presidency of the Federal Capital Territory.
Other figures include; 91 political parties, 84 million registered voters, 72.7 million PVC claimed, 11.2 million PVC unclaimed, 821, 686 ad-hoc employees.
The review traditionally carried out by the electoral referee after each general election revealed other key figures such as:
1. 24,353 proposed candidates
2. 1,558 electoral districts
3. 8,809 electoral districts
4. 119,973 voting units
5. 57,023 voting points
6,176,996 smart card readers implemented
7. 17.001 backup smart card readers
8. 120 groups, including 71,256 accredited national observers
9. 39 groups of observers, including 2,306 accredited international observers
The commission also revealed that it received 186 requests from political parties, as well as 584 requests for certified true copies (CTC) of reports on congresses and party primaries. Adding that he was taken to court 639 times for pre-election reasons.
The report also indicated that the commission received a budget allocation of one hundred eighty-nine thousand seven million two hundred seventy-two thousand three hundred ninety-three nairas, N189,007,272,393, which translates to two thousand two hundred ninety -four naira N2,294 per voter .