Nigerians who are at least 18 years and registered are eligible to vote for their preferred candidates on February 25 and March 11.
Presidential and National Assembly elections are just a week away while Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections will take place on March 11
Here are six steps to cast your ballot:
Voting starts at 8:30 am
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the voting exercise will occur between 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
However, voters in the queue on or before 2:30 pm will be allowed to vote.
Presentation of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) for accreditation using Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS)
Citizens of voting age must be registered and possess a Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to be eligible to vote.
Registered voters are to go to the polling unit where their name is enlisted in the register of voters with their PVC to cast their ballot.
The PVC will be authenticated using the BVAS device (fingerprint or facial recognition).
BVAS is an electronic machine used for voter verification and authentication to confirm the identity of a voter using either their fingerprints or face
Confirmation of name in register of voters in the polling unit
After the above steps are successfully completed, a poll official will check for your name in the Register of Voters and tick it.
Indelible ink will be applied on the cuticle of your finger.
Issuance of ballot paper
A stamped, signed and dated ballot paper will be issued to you.
Proceed to voting cubicle to make your choice in secret and drop marked ballot paper in the ballot box
You will go to the voting cubicle to mark your choice on the ballot paper in secret.
Ensure the ink does not smear other parts of the ballot paper to avoid your vote being rejected.
The ballot paper should be folded vertically.
You are not allowed to take photographs of the ballot paper when in the voting cubicle.
You will drop the marked ballot paper into the ballot box in full view of all present.
You can leave or stay 300 metres away from the voting area to witness vote sorting and counting
After casting your vote, you are free to remain 300 metres from the polling area to witness sorting, counting and announcement of result, provided you are orderly and do not disrupt the process.
Results shall be collated at various levels depending on the type of election, after which it is announced by INEC.
INEC has provided an online results viewing portal called IReV (www.inecelectionsresults.ng) where you can view results of all polling units in real time before they are declared at the end of the election by INEC.