As Nigerians prepares for the 2019 General Elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released steps for voters to perform their civic responsibility.
The election which was rescheduled for tomorrow 22nd of February 2019 due to issues has said to have generated more international concern. Below are steps as a voter to cast your vote for your preferred candidate.
Upon arrival at the polling unit, join the queue and present yourself to the INEC official (APO111) at the polling unit who will determine whether you are at the correct polling unit and check if the photograph on the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) matches your face.
If satisfied, he/she will direct you to the next INEC official (APO1).
The official (APO1) will request for your PVC to confirm that your card is genuine and your details, using the smart card reader. He/she will ask you to place your finger on the card reader to confirm that the PVC belongs to you by ascertaining, the card reader will contain the name, photograph and finger prints of all those registered in their polling unit.
You will then meet the next official (APO11) who will request for your PVC to confirm that your name and details are in the voter’s register. Your name will be ticked and your PVC returned to you.
He/ she will then apply indelible ink to the cuticle of your appropriate finger for that election to show you have been accredited to vote.
(If your name is not found on the register, you will not be allowed to vote).
The presiding officer (PO) stamps, signs and endorses the date at the back of the Ballot Paper.
The PO will roll the ballot paper inwardly with the printed side inwards and give to you. He/she will then direct you to the voting cubicle where you vote in secret.
You will stain your appropriate finger for the election with the ink provided then use your stained finger to mark the space or box provided on the ballot paper for your preferred candidate/party. Roll the marked ballot paper (in the manner the PO gave to you).
Then leave the voting cubicle and drop the ballot paper in the ballot box in full view of people at the polling unit.
You will then leave the polling unit or wait if you so choose in an orderly and peaceful manner to work the process up to declaration of result.
Kindly note that the result of each polling unit shall be pasted at the unit and for everyone to see.
Please be aware that there are things you must not do at voting sights, INEC has sternly warned against these things
- No campaigning for votes, or persuasion of voters to not vote for a candidate.
- No shouting of slogans concerning the election, or in support of any party.
- No one should be in possession of an offensive weapon or wear any apparel calculated to intimidate voters.
- No one is allowed to use a vehicle bearing the colour or symbol of a political party or candidate
- No one is allowed to loiter at polling units without lawful excuse after voting or after being refused to vote.
- Normal one is allowed to snatch or destroy any election materials.
- No one is allowed to blare siren.
Mobile phones are prohibited inside the polling booths when a vote is being cast, but can be used around the polling units.
President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned earlier this week that he’s instructed security agencies to be “ruthless” in dealing with ballot box snatchers, so you might want to take particular note of number 6, or pretty much everything, just to be safe.
Note that you can report election offences to the INEC situation room.
On each election day, according to INEC, polling stations will open for accreditation and voting from 8:00am to 2.00pm.
“However, voters on the queue before the close of poll at 2:00pm will be accredited and allowed to vote,” the commission noted.
INEC has urged Nigerian voters to be law-abiding