Checking Moghalu’s claims on voters turn-out for Nigeria’s 2019 general electionBy Niyi Oyedeji on April 30, 2021
A FORMER Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, said that only 28 million Nigerians voted out of the 84 million people that registered for the 2019 general elections.
Moghalu made this claim in a post on his Twitter page on April 16.
Moghalu who is a former presidential candidate, on the platform of Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the country’s 2019 general election wrote: “84 million were registered to vote in 2019 and only 28 million voted. What were you expecting with such an abysmally low voter turnout? Fellow Nigerians, we as citizens are not as powerless as we think. Rise!”
From the post the following claims were established:
- 84 million Nigerians registered for the 2019 general election.
- 28 million Nigerians voted in the 2019 election.
CLAIM 1: 84 million Nigerians registered for the 2019 general election
Data show that the claim is TRUE.
According to the data gotten from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) website, 84 million (84,004,084) Nigerians registered for the 2019 general election.
CLAIM2: 28 million Nigerians voted in the 2019 general election
Findings show the claim is MOSTLY TRUE; This is because the number of people who voted is slightly higher than the number Moghalu gave.
Although, Moghalu did not specify if he was referring to the presidential election but the data obtained from the INEC on the 2019 general election show that a total of 28.6 million (28,614,190) votes were cast in the last presidential election.
A screenshot of the summary of voters statistics of the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria by INEC.
The claim that 84 million Nigerians registered for the 2019 general election is TRUE, while the claim that 28 million Nigerians voted in the 2019 general election is MOSTLY TRUE as INEC data shows that 28.6 million people voted in the presidential election.