The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that young people make up the largest number of registered voters who will vote in the 2023 general election.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of the Electoral Information and Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this in Awka on Saturday during the Commission’s engagement with identified groups on the roles of youth ahead of the general elections in 2023.

Okoye said that according to the electoral referee’s records, the youth have the ace to determine the outcome of the 2023 election.

He said that out of a total of 9,518,756 new valid voters registered between June 28, 2021 and July 31, 2022, those between the ages of 18 and 34 were 7,286,871, representing 76.56 percent.

Further revealing that the total registered voters for the 2023 general election is 93.5 million, Okoye said that out of the 84 million registered voters registered for the 2019 general election, the youth population which included both men and women was 51 percent.

However, he urged young people to make sure they cast their ballots on Election Day, stressing that only when they cast their ballots can they determine who emerged as leader.

He explained that the 2023 electoral processes would be strictly technological and added that the Commission had already deployed technology in all its processes.

He said, “The Commission had already received the complete number of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, for the election in the 176,846 polling stations throughout the federation. Additional BVAS would be deployed for contingencies in the 8,809 registration areas across the country.

“The BVAS were designed to work offline and only accredited voters could cast ballots on polling day.

“Only registered voters who present their Permanent Elector Credential, at the polling station, would be accredited to vote.

“The Commission hired more than 1.4 million ad-hoc electoral staff for the conduct of the 2023 general elections, and insured the police against the dangers of the election, especially a possible attack.

“The punishment for any act of electoral crime against election officials has been made more severe in the current Electoral Law of 2022 (amended) than the provisions of the previous Electoral Law of 2010 (amended).”

Therefore, he advised any ad-hoc staff member not ready to resist the temptation of voter fraud antics to withdraw from conducting the exercise.

Earlier, the Resident Election Commissioner, REC, in charge of Anambra State, Dr Queen Elizabeth Agwu, urged young people to prepare for the challenges of ensuring that elections are conducted without violence or other electoral malpractice.