Consider Nigerians voting with their feet

The rapidly approaching 2023 elections have generated a modicum of excitement despite the fact that voting has never changed much in our political evolution. The Independent National Electoral Commission, which apparently has upped its game, has projected that 95 million Nigerians will vote come next year. To be sure, insecurity still poses a big hurdle as the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, recently intimated. Nonetheless, there is optimism that at least a preponderant majority of registered voters will show up to vote and that the elections will be credible, transparent and fair.  One interesting feature of the emerging demographics of the voting population is the addition of nearly 10 million youths defined as those between the ages of 18 and 35 to the electoral register in the twilight of the Permanent Voter’s Card registration exercise. It is too early to say whether this will amount to a radical shift concerning the choice of voters….

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