A quick note before getting into election day tips — if you heard some controversy about the U.S. Embassy’s role in Nigeria’s elections, you can read the Ambassador’s statement here (https://ng.usembassy.gov/a-message-from-ambassador-w-stuart-symington/?fbclid=IwAR0gbbM4je_4HPyJUt5uULzs4eh3rnlUHe0dMwrJmFCQ8jup7lNxBMAWG50). He reiterates unequivocally that the United States supports the democratic process and a level playing field, and does not take sides in support of any party or candidate. He notes the importance that “every Nigerian contribute to making it a democratic, peaceful, free and fair process,” and YALI Network is proud of all our members hard at work doing just that.

 

Now, for those tips…

 

Make sure you’re prepared to be an informed voter on Saturday! That means knowing about the candidates you will vote for and knowing about the voting process.

 

First, get smart about the candidates on your ballot and choose who you will vote for.

 

Then, make sure you know the voting process so that you are prepared to participate fully and so that you can report any irregularities that happen at your polling unit.

  • Check out this step by step overview of the voting process here (https://govote.ng/election-day). Some highlights to know:  Polls open at 8:00 am to begin accreditation. In order to vote you must be in line before accreditation closes at 1:00 pm, but be early just in case. After accreditation INEC advises you to stay within the polling area to wait for voting to begin; if you leave, you must return before voters queue for voting, which should be at 1:30 pm (but come back early to make sure).

  • Use these dos and don’ts tips (https://govote.ng/dos-and-donts) to make the experience comfortable and avoid problems.

  • Want more details or have more questions? Visit INEC’s new website to see the answers to frequently asked questions (http://www.inecnigeria.org/voter-education/faqs/).

 

You can report both poll results and problems on election day. You can use the mobile crowd source election monitoring app made by civil society  organization, Zabe (http://zabe.ng/). Or report to INEC on itss election hotline 0700-CALL-INEC (0700-2255-4632) or by downloading the INEC app on non-iPhone mobiles (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ayobinitie.inec)

Remember, these are your elections — make it count!

Regards,

U.S. Mission Nigeria

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** Making It Count: Wrap Up and Ways to Connect **

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