REMINDER: 10 important updates from INEC as 2019 presidential election begins

  • REMINDER: 10 important updates from INEC as 2019 presidential election begins

    Today, Saturday, February 16, is the D-day
    for the 2019 presidential and the National
    Assembly elections.
    As Nigerians are getting ready to troop to
    their respective polling booths to cast
    their votes for their preferred candidates, highlights 10 important updates
    from the Independent National Electoral
    Commission (INEC) regarding the
    conducts of the elections.

    1. Number of registered voters, polling units
    and registered political parties
    The National Register of Voters presented
    to all the registered political parties by
    the chairman of INEC, Professor
    Mahmood Yakubu, indicated that the
    official total number of registered voters
    is: 84,004,084. (Eighty-Four Million, Four
    Thousand, and Eighty Four).
    The total number of polling units,
    according to the commission, is 119,973
    while the total number of registered
    political parties is 91.

    2. Which fingers to use to vote
    Reacting to the fake news circulated in
    some mediums that only the index finger
    can be used to thumbprint the ballot
    paper, INEC clarified that voters can use
    any finger to cast their votes, adding that
    the ballot paper is not finger-sensitive.
    “A voter can use any finger to vote but
    should ensure that his or her mark is
    clear and placed inside the box of the
    political party of his or her choice and
    does not stray into another box,” INEC

    3. Electoral offences
    INEC has also released a list of offences
    voters should avoid during the electoral
    exercise. Some of the offences include:
    Multiple Voting
    Underage registration
    Breach of public peace
    Publication of Fake election results
    Campaigning on election day
    Vote Buying and selling
    Disruption of election process
    Prevention of voters from exercising
    Ballot box snatching and election
    Destruction of election materials
    Ballot box stuffing
    Vote padding
    Harassment and molestation of
    electoral officers
    Disenfranchisement of voters

    4. People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs)
    can vote
    Among other provisions, INEC has
    provided magnifying glasses and braille
    ballot papers for the visually impaired
    and blind persons to enable them to vote
    during the polls.
    Preferential treatment will also be given
    to pregnant women and physically
    challenged persons during the polls as
    they will be given a separate row for
    their convenience .

    5. Sample ballot papers
    To be familiar with how the ballot papers
    look like before getting the polling
    booths, INEC has released sample of
    ballot boxes and papers for the
    presidential and National Assembly
    Click here to see samples.

    6. Voters eligibility and timeline of activities
    INEC has also released guidelines on
    voter eligibility and how the voting
    activities will be conducted. Click here to
    find out when the voting will start and
    other important updates on the timelines
    of activities.

    7. Manual collation of results
    INEC has said it will stick to manual
    collation and transmission of the
    elections’ results . The national
    commissioner and chairman, information
    and voter education, Festus Okoye, who
    made this known in Abuja, said the
    decision to stick to manual collation and
    transmission of results was in line with
    extant electoral laws.
    The electoral umpire said the results
    would not be transmitted due to lack of
    enabling law to strengthen its hands in
    doing so.
    INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood
    Yakubu, has also vowed to solely man
    the result collation centre, stressing that
    he will not share his constitutional
    responsibility as the chairman of the
    collation secretariat with anybody.

    8. Elections will hold in northeast
    INEC has also assured that it will not
    postpone elections in some communities
    in the northeast which have come under
    attacks of Boko Haram.

    9. No voting with temporary voter card
    INEC said no voter will be allowed to
    vote with the temporary voter card,
    stating that the smart card reader which
    would be deployed for the elections was
    structured to read only the Permanent
    Voter Cards (PVCs) which has special
    features embedded on it with the voters’
    personal information.

    10. Voting process
    INEC has also released a seven-step
    voting process at polling booths in the
    general elections. The electoral body
    highlighted seven procedures the
    electorate should follow in casting their
    votes on the day of elections.

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