In every election, voter and civic education are necessary to ensure that citizens understand their rights, their political system, the contests they are being asked to decide, and how and where to vote. For an election to be successful and democratic, voters must understand their rights and responsibilities, and must be sufficiently knowledgeable and well informed to cast ballots that are legally valid and to participate meaningfully in the voting process.
Penplusbytes successfully launched its voters’ education campaign ahead of the elections and is advocating for an informed voter population and an issues based campaign ahead of the polls.
Successful voter education ensures that voters are ready, willing, and able to participate fully in the election process. It is for this reason that the following outlines ten (10) basic steps to follow when you arrive at your polling station on December 7. Voting starts at 7:00am and ends at 5:00pm prompt.
THE 123 OF VOTING
- Report as early as you can and join the queue. Wait for your turn to vote.
- When it is your turn, show your Voter ID card to the official. If you DO NOT have your Voter ID card, mention the name you used to register to the officer in charge to assist you.
- If your name is found, you will move on to be verified by placing your finger on the Biometric Verification Device (BVD). Try the other fingers if one fails to verify.
- You will be given a Presidential ballot paper. Make sure you do not stain it with indelible ink.
- Examine it for the Commission’s validating stamp at the back. Proceed to the voting screen to select ONLY ONE candidate by thumb printing in the space provided on the paper.
- Fold the ballot paper appropriately and drop it in the ballot box labelled PRESIDENTIAL.
- Continue to the next official for a ballot paper for Parliamentary election. Check for the Commission’s validating stamp on this too.
- Go into the screen and again select ONLY ONE candidate.
- Fold the ballot paper and drop it in the box labelled PARLIAMENTARY
- After voting, please leave the polling station quietly.