Nigeria Decides: Seven Steps For Voting On Election Day
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Voters are to go through seven stages on Saturday, February 16, as Nigerians head to the polls to choose their President and federal lawmakers in the 2019 general election.

According to Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 84 million voters registered for this purpose.

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Lagos and Kano States have the highest number of registered voters with 6.5 million and 5.4 million, while Bayelsa and Ekiti States have the least number of voters with 923,181 and 909,967 respectively.

Below are the seven steps:

Step 1:
Upon arrival at the polling unit, join 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 will 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.