Voter Education


This procedure is designed to help you understand the voting process during an election. Remember that no person shall be allowed to vote at any polling unit other than where he/she registered. You are qualified to vote if you are a registered voter and your name appears on the voting register of your polling unit.

Note: Accreditation and voting begins from 8:00am to 2:00pm. 



At the polling unit, an INEC official will check if you are at the correct polling unit and confirm that the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) presented belongs to you.



An INEC official will accredit you with the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) by finger print and or facial verification.



Once accredited, an INEC official will ask for your PVC and confirm that you are listed in the voter register. Your name will be ticked on the voter register and your finger will be inked to confirm you have voted. If your name is not found, you cannot vote.



You will be given a stamped, signed and endorsed ballot paper, rolled with the printed side inwards and you will be directed to the voting cubicle.



At the cubicle, voting ink will be available, use the ink to stain your thumb and mark the box for your preferred candidate/party. Roll the ballot paper in the manner you were given and flatten it.

Note: Do not allow the ink to spill across the line in order not to invalidate your vote.



Leave the voting cubicle and drop the ballot paper in the ballot box provided at the polling unit. Leave the polling unit or wait till the voting process is over and the result of the election is announced.

Your Right as a Voter:

As a voter, you have the right to:

  • Access to the polling unit.
  • Be informed on the voting procedures from the electoral officials.
  • Vote in secret.

Responsibilty as a Voter:

  • To keep your Permanent Voter Card (PVC) safe
  • Conduct oneself in an orderly manner.
  • Obey all lawful instruction from INEC and security officials on election day.
  • Leave the polling unit or wait if you choose so in an orderly and peaceful manner.
  • Enlighten others about the benefits of participation.

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Silver Lining For the Needy Initiative (SLNI) is an NGO in special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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