By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT
The Independent Electoral Commission has issued its second week of “Provisional Statistics of Voters Registered” indicating that a total of 376,092 Voters Cards have been issued from 29th May 2021 to the second week of Registration. Week one registration was from 29th May 2021 to 4th June 2021. It’s expected that Week two is from 5th June 2021 to 11th June 2021.
It can be seen that 184,583 Voters Cards were issued in week two, meanwhile, 191,509 Voters Cards were issued in the first week. This means that almost 38% of the total target of registered voters (1 Million) has been achieved after the second week. If Voters Registration continues through to 11th July 2021 the IEC is expected to register at least 1 Million Voters.
This means that the IEC is still on track to meet its target at the end of the voters’ registration exercise. Although the information was delayed for this week it can be seen that the level of information is significantly sketchy. The second week of provisional statistics doesn’t provide a breakdown of registered voters per administrative area. Another challenge from all the information provided so far is the lack of information highlighting the age range of voters.
The information provided demonstrates that Female Voters continue to dominate the Provisional Voters Register. In the first week, there were a total of 27,841 more Registered Female Voters than Registered Male Voters. The trend continued in the second week when a total of 25,319 more Female Registered Voters outnumber their Male counterparts. Over the two weeks, a total of 53,160 more Female Registered Voters outnumber the total Male Registered Voters.
The total number of Female Registered Voters are 214,626 while only 161,466 Male Registered Voters secured a voter’s card so far. This means that at least 57% of all registered voters are female while less than 43% of all Registered Voters so far are male. The challenge with the new information is that it does not aggregate the number of registered voters per administrative area which means it’s not possible to identify areas which have low number of registered voters.