Nigeria’s rescheduled presidential and national assembly elections will now hold on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Here are a few things you should know as you vote:
- 2019 General Election is one of the most controversial elections. Although, there have been several controversial election in the history of Nigeria, 2019 Presidential election is certainly one of them. Having been postponed few hours before the election and other circumstances that surround it.
- According to INEC, Nigeria’s presidential election which holds today, Saturday may feature more than 70 candidates, which records the highest number of candidates, in the history of general elections in the country, although, there are two major contenders, 50 percent of the candidates are young.
- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says any of the ten fingers — not only the index — can be used for marking the ballot papers when voting. The 2019 Presidential Elections is an election where Electorates can vote with any of their ten fingers.
- Don’t worry; these card readers have been reconfigured. Recall that before the election was postponed from Feb 16 to Feb 23, some election materials and card readers had been deployed to certain states. The fear after the postponement was that some desperate politicians had tampered with or compromised the card readers and other sensitive election materials.
- Note the time for everything Yakubu says: “All Registration Area Centres (RACs) are to be activated by 9am on Friday. “Personnel and materials must arrive at the polling units latest 7am on Saturday, while opening of polls nationwide will take place at 8am.
- When does voting begin and end?
Voting will commence at 8am and close at 2pm on Election Day. Results will be announced at all polling units immediately after collation, transported to the local governments, then to the State INEC headquarters from where there will be taken to Abuja’s national collation center for a holistic tally.
You should know the winner of the presidential election before dawn of Sunday, February 24, 2019.
We urge Nigerians, especially our readers to conduct themselves and play safe during, before and after the election.