The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the procedures for voters to confirm their polling units ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25th.
The electoral umpire stated that this was necessary due to the creation of an additional 56,872 polling units, even though some voters have been migrated to the new units.
INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu was quoted in a notice posted on its Twitter page as saying that following the recent nationwide mock accreditation exercise using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), some voters showed up at the wrong polling units. As a result, this notice is necessary ahead of the election next weekend.
MESSAGE TO VOTERS FROM INEC CHAIRMAN
📍Identify your PU before 25th
📍Text State, last name & last 6 digits
of your VIN to 09062830860 or
09062830861 for your PU name
📍Visit https://t.co/2AKo2EWDDx OR
https://t.co/3HqNQOQFvz for your
PU name pic.twitter.com/cOeW9mAi4T
— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) February 17, 2023
While noting that the Commission created the new polling units to expand voter access to where they can vote, the INEC Chairman said many do not know where their units are. He said:
- “This happened both in cases where voters have been migrated to other polling units by the Commission and even where they voluntarily chose new voting locations during the last continuous voter Registration (CvR). We believe that there could be other voters in the same situation. This challenge must be addressed so that it does not happen on Election Day.”
To ease the process, the Chairman said the Commission would be sending bulk phone text messages (SMS) to citizens voting in new polling units. Similarly, the register of such voters for each State has been sent to the Resident Electoral Commissioners for publicity, particularly through messages in local languages.
- “Furthermore, the Commission is offering two unique ways by which all voters can locate and confirm their Polling Units before Election Day. This can be done by sending a normal text message or by Simply Visiting our website,” he said.
According to INEC, there are two ways for voters to confirm their polling units, which are either through SMS or the Commission’s website.
To check through SMS, a voter is required to:
Text the name of your State, last name (surname), and the Last 6 digits of your Voter Identification Number (VIN)to 09062830860 or 09062830861
To check on the Commission’s website, INEC said voters should visit:
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