2 Things you must do before you vote today
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2 Things You Must Do Before You Vote Today

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Did your registration? Great! There are two basic things you must do before you go out to vote today. You will have to confirm your PVC and your  polling unit online.

Let’s begin with you PVC. Just like the new INEC Voters Online Portal allowed users to create an account and carry out a number of activities, including the updating of personal details, transfer of voting centre, and request for replacement of lost or stolen PVC,  INEC and other partners have indeed been coming up with innovative solutions to ensure that citizens fully participate in the electoral process.

Chech here: How To Check And Confirm Your PVC Online

You see?  You don’t have to lift a foot, just lift a finger and you would have checked and confirmed your PVC!

Another of such innovations is “Operation Know you Polling Unit,”  designed with a text messaging service that allows users to text the nine-digit code of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to 8014 and the polling unit (Booth) address will be sent to the person instantly.

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The service is available for users of all GSM networks in Nigeria such as MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile.

This affords every registered voter the opportunity to know and validate their Polling Unit (PU) address ahead of the election.

READ THIS: UPDATED: How To Confirm Your Polling Unit Online

There were cases in the past when voters went to wrong polling unit  (PU) on election day and ended up either wasting their time locating the right place or in some cases, not able to vote at all. This SMS service helps to avoid such an experience on election day.

Network charge, however, may apply but the service is worth the charge.

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This digital service is similar to the recently launched  WhatsApp bot, designed for active engagement of citizens on civic matters.

The WhatsApp bot, by Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria- a coalition of youth advocacy groups- is a social network platform designed to engage citizens in an automated fashion, providing them with information on registration, PVC collection, debates and town hall meetings.

The system also provides citizens with contact information on elected officials and other channels to take action on political/electoral issues.

Checking and confirming your PVC is actually a slurp! We will conclude this post in the words of INEC’s public service announcement: “Everyone can now check & confirm their PVC online via: voters.inecnigeria.org . Check for yours and tell others to do so as well. Retweet, Save the link and share it on WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & LinkedIn. Spread the word everywhere!!”

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