VOTING
Voting will take place on a date to be
determined by the INEC.
ACCREDITATION
• Polling units will be open from 8 am.
• Polling units will open at 8 am for Accreditation
and close at 1.00pm
• Voting starts 1:30 pm.
• You must vote in the same Polling Unit you
completed your Voter Registration.
THE VOTER- WHO IS HE/SHE?
• S/He is a Nigerian citizen.
• S/He is 18 years and above.
• S/He has registered in the constituency where
he intends to vote.
• S/He possesses a registration card obtained
during voters’ registration.
HOW VOTER CAN VERIFY REGISTRATION
• A voter is expected to check the register of
voters to ascertain that his name is included.
• That his name was correctly spelt and written.
• This is done when the register is displayed for
inspection.
PERSONS WHO CANNOT VOTE
• The following persons cannot vote at election.
• All persons below the age of 18 years.
• All non-Nigerians.
• All persons who did not register as voters.
• All persons who do not hold a voter registration
card.
• All persons whose names are not in the voters
register.
WHERE TO VOTE
• Voting takes place at polling stations/units.
• A voter is expected to cast his vote at the
polling unit where his name is on the voter
register.
• A voter is expected to identfy his polling station
where his name is on the voter register.
• A polling unit nearest to the residence of the
voter.
HOW TO VOTE:
• Voting will be by Open Secret Ballot System.
• Your vote is secret because no one will see
which candidate you choose.
• You will mark your ballot behind a polling
screen secretly.
• Apply your finger print only in one circle/space
which corresponds to the candidate of your
choice.
PROCEDURE: PREPARING FOR VOTING:
• The Presiding Officer (PO) shall:
• Explain the voting procedure to the voters.
• Invite all voters accreditated to form a single
queue.
• Where culture does not allow men and women
to mingle in a queue, separate queues are created
for men and women.
• The PO shall count loudly the number of
accredited voters in the queue, and record the
number.
COMMENCEMENT OF VOTING:
• At the commencement of voting, the PO shall:
• Invite the voters on queue to approach the poll
clerk (PC) in an orderly manner.
• On presentation of voter’s card, the PC shall:
• Check appropriate cuticle thumbnail of voter and
when he is satisfied that the person has been
duly accredited.
• Tick the voters’ register on the right hand side
of voter’s name.
• Indicating that he has voted.
• Apply indelible ink on the cuticle of the voter’s
appropriate thumbnail.
• The Poll Assistant (PA) shall apply ink to the
next finger of the respective hand
• Voters who have no Right/Left hand, the PA
shall:
• Apply the ink to the corresponding toes of the
voter’s Right/Left foot.
• Voters have neither fingers nor toes:
• Ink shall be applied on the corresponding toes of
the persons assisting them.
ISSUANCE OF BALLOT PAPER AND VOTING:
• The voter shall present himself to the Polling
official (PO).
• The PO shall stamp and sign the back of ballot
paper.
• Fold the ballot paper vertically with the printed
side inwards.
• Issue the signed, stamped ballot paper to the
voter.
• The voter moves to the voting cuticle.
• Mark the ballot paper in the space provided
beside the party logo of the voters’ choice
• Fold the ballot paper.
• Deposit the marked ballot paper into the ballot
box.
• Marking of ballot paper by voter must be done
in secret.
• Depositing the ballot paper in the ballot box in
open view of all persons present.
• Only one voter at a time to the voting cubicle.
OFFENCES ON ELECTION DAY:
PART VIII SC. 129 (1) states that:
1. No person shall on the date an election is held
do any of the following acts or things in a polling
unit or within a distance of 300 metres of a
polling unit-
(a) Canvass for votes;
(b) Solicit for the vote of any voter
(c) Persuade any voter not to vote for any
particular candidate;
(d) Persuade any voter not to vote at any
election;
(e) Shout slogans concerning the election;
(f) Be in possession of any offensive weapon or
wear any dress or have any facial or other
decoration which in any event is calculated to
intimidate voters;
(g) Exhibit, wear or tender any notice, symbol
photograph or party card referring to the election;
(h) Use any vehicle bearing the colour or symbol
of a political party by any means whatever;
(i) Loiter without lawful excuse after voting or
after being refused to vote;
(j) Snatch or destroy any election materials; and
(k) Blare siren
“Any person who contravens any of the
provisions of this section commits an offence
and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of
N100,000 or imprisonment for 6 months for every
such offence”.
Source: inecnigeria.com

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