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Nigeria's 2019 Election Procedures

As the Nigeria's election period comes closer, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on January 10th 2019 released a seven-step procedure to guide Nigerian voters to prepare for the polls.

The commission released the procedure to the public with a guide on how to cast votes. The list is as follows:

  1. Upon arrival at the polling unit, electorates are advised to join the queue and present themselves to the INEC official (APO 111) at the polling unit who will determine whether they are at the correct polling unit and check if the photograph on the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) matches their face.

If satisfied, he/she will direct the electorates to the next INEC official (APO1).

  1. The official (Assistant Presiding Officer 1 (APO 1)) will request for the PVC to confirm that the 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.
  2. You will then meet the next official (APO 11) 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).

  1. 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.

  1. 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 given to you by the Presiding Officer).

  1. Leave the voting cubicle and drop the ballot paper in the ballot box in full view of people at the polling unit.
  2. 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.

 Please note that the result of each polling unit shall be pasted at the unit and for everyone to see.

"The one sure way of participating in the process of nation-building is to vote on the Election Day" --Mohit Chauhan

 We at JoomSchool International wishes all Nigerians a peaceful election. God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.



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