Voting Procedures and How to Vote in an Election – Know your Rights as a Voter

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Voting Procedures and How to Vote in an Election

How to Vote in an election This article serves as a guideline on the steps taken when voting in any country. Any citizen is qualified to vote if he/she is a registered voter and his/her name appears on the register of voter at his/her pulling unit. This article provides a step by step guidelines on the voting. Continue Reading…

How to Vote in an election

Definition of Voting

Voting can be defined as a meeting or an electorate, in order to make a decision collectively to elect a leader into a political office.

Opening of the Polling Units

On each Election Day, polling stations are open for Accreditation and Voting from 8:00 am to 2.00 pm. However, voters on the queue before the close of poll at 2:00pm will be accredited and allowed to vote.

How to Vote

Voting at the pooling unit requires the following procedures

  • At the polling unit you are expected to join the queue. An official from Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) will run a check to see if you are at the correct polling unit as well as confirming the ownership of your PVC.
  • At the pooling unit an INEC official confirms if your PVC is genuine. This can be done using the card reader. You will be requested to place your finger on the card reader.
  • An INEC official will confirm that you are listed in the voters register and will ask for your PVC. The INEC official will tick your name and your finger inked to confirm that you have voted. If the INEC official cannot find your name on the list you will be disqualified to vote.
  • After the confirmation the Presiding officer will now stamp, sign and endorse your ballot paper. A ballot paper rolled with the printed side inwards will be given to you and you will be directed to the voting cubicle.
  • You will how have to stain your finger with the ink given and mark the box to choose your preferred candidate/party. After choosing your desired candidate, roll the ballot paper the way it was given to you and flatten it.
  • You now at the final stage of your voting, leave the voting cubicle and drop the ballot paper in the ballot box in view of people at the Polling Unit.
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Now that you have completed your voting leave the Polling Unit or you can wait if you so choose, in an orderly and peaceful manner, to see the process up to declaration of result.

PROMPT: The result of each Polling Unit will be pasted at the unit for everyone to see.

Know your right as a voter

On each Election Day, you have all the right to:

  • Access the polling station
  • Receive all information on the voting procedures from the poll officials
  • Vote in secret.

Responsibility of the Voter

  • All voters must obey all lawful instructions from the INEC and Security Officials on election duty.
  • All voters must leave the polling unit or wait if you so choose in an orderly and peaceful manner.
  • Voters should encourage other voters to do likewise.

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