Do you know that even with your Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), you will not be able to vote if you visit the wrong polling unit?
I registered for my Voter’s Card at Okpara Square, Enugu and collected my PVC in time, before the last general election. I assumed I was to cast my vote in Okpara Square, being the exact place I did the registration.
I got to the location on Election Day and joined the queue. When it was my turn to be accredited I was redirected to Federal Government College polling unit. Luckily for me, I was with my sports bicycle, so getting to FGC was not much of a big deal.
I got to FGC however and I was redirected to IMT Polling Unit. Anger boiled in me, but I kept my cool. I picked up my bicycle and got to IMT. Unfortunately, the accreditation process had been completed when I arrived. I tried all I could to get accredited but I did not succeed. I could not vote. So I went home.
I bet it happened to some other people. That is how many of us lost our right to take part in the voting process in the last election. But things have change. You don’t have to be tossed around on election day by INEC officials.
You can now confirm your polling unit from the comfort of your home. Thanks to INEC for these improvements. Visit www.pollstats.org.ng to confirm your polling unit on or before the Election Day.
How to confirm your polling unit.
1. Visit www.pollstats.org.ng
2. If you look at the top of the picture on your voter’s card, you will see a 9 digit code that looks like this; 14-05-22-014. Type the code into the boxes provided on the website.
3. Click on the submit button.
The location of your polling unit will appear below the boxes shortly after you click the “Submit” button.
There is a list of names for each polling unit and if you are not in the unit where your name falls in, you will NOT vote.
Confirm your polling unit, go out early to vote and remember to do so wisely.
Image source: http://www.pollstats.org.ng