Professor Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reeled out a seven-step voting procedure for the Nigerian electorate in the forthcoming general elections.

The commission made this disclosure on Thursday via social media.

What are the steps for?

These voting steps are mainly for the smooth running of the voting exercise for general elections.

The procedure gives a step by step outline of the processes involved in voting and also points out how the electorate are expected to conduct themselves during the exercise.

Electorate participating in a voting exercise

The seven- step voting procedure as stated by INEC

The following are the seven steps put forward by INEC

Step 1:

Upon arrival at the polling unit, joins the queue and present yourself to the INEC official (APO111) at the polling unit who will determine whether you are at the correct polling unit and check if the photograph on the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) matches your face. If satisfied, he/she will direct you to the next INEC official (APO1).

Step 2

The official (APO1) will request for your PVC to confirm that your card is genuine and your details, using the smart card reader. He/she will ask you to place your finger on the card reader to confirm that the PVC belongs to you by ascertaining, the card reader contains the name, photograph and finger prints of all those registered in their polling unit.

Step 3:

You will then meet the next official (APO11) who will request for your PVC to confirm that your name and details are in the voters register. Your name will be ticked and your PVC returned to you. He/ she will then apply indelible ink to the cuticle of your appropriate finger for that election to show you have been accredited to vote. (If your name is not found on the register, you will not be allowed to vote).

Step 4:

The presiding officer (PO) stamps, signs and endorses the date at the back of the Ballot Paper. The PO will roll the ballot paper inwardly with the printed side inwards and give to you. He /she will then direct you to the voting cubicle where you vote in secret.

Step 5:

You will stain your appropriate finger for the election with the ink provided then use your stained finger to mark the space or box provided on the ballot paper for your preferred candidate/party. Roll the marked ballot paper (in the manner the PO gave to you).

Step 6:

Then leave the voting cubicle and drop the ballot paper in the ballot box in full view of people at the polling unit.

Step 7:

You will then leave the polling unit or wait if you so choose in an orderly and peaceful manner to work the process up to declaration of result.

Will these steps guarantee credible elections?

To further ensure free, fair and credible elections, INEC noted upon completion of the steps by the electorate, the result of each polling unit will be pasted at the unit for everyone to see.

Also Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu submitted in December 2018 that the set up plans and motions by INEC will ensure that the elections are conducted in a credible manner while consolidating on the success of the 2015 election.

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