In a recently posted tweet on June 18th, 2022, a Twitter user @whyteworld_vp stated that over 9 million voters are expected to vote in the 2022 Ekiti gubernatorial elections.
Checks into the claim revealed that the post was made by 7:47 am on June 18th, 2022, the election day. According to the post, more than 9 million voters are expected to go out to vote in the governorship election. This is, however, contrary to the official figures released by INEC on the total number of registered voters in Ekiti state.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that a total of 988,923 voters captured in the commission’s register will decide who becomes Ekiti State governor in the June 18 governorship poll. This was revealed at a roundtable forum with Media Executives in Ekiti State on June 4th 2022. Okoye assured electorates of the commission’s readiness to conduct a free, fair and credible election. In his words: “For this particular election, after the commission queued up the voters registers, we came to the conclusion that a total of 988,923 registered voters will vote in this election. In other words, after we have queued up the voters register and integrated those who were previously on the voters registers, and those who registered during the continuous voters registration exercise, we came to the conclusion that the total number of those stands at 988,923”.
CDD can confirm that the claim is false. Official figures given by INEC reveal that 988,923 voters are registered to vote in the 2022 Ekiti elections and not 9 million as claimed.