In few hours from now, Nigerians will go out to cast their votes for both the Presidential and National Assembly elections, slated for Saturday February 25, 2023. Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has gotten almost every logistics ready ahead of the election, but many Nigerians are yet to know the location and address of their polling units, for one reason or the other.
Though this is not the best of time for anyone to confirm his or her polling unit, as every serious voter ought to have done that long before now. But be that as it may, it is better late than never, as such, we have carried out a little investigation and came up with a simple way for people to check and confirm their polling units just few hours before the kickoff of voting early Saturday morning.
There are basically two ways to go about this exercise, of which the most easiest of the two is the use of your mobile phone to pursue that. How do you achieve this you may have wondered? Just simply type a text message containing the name of the state were you registered for your Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, then your last name and the last six (6) digits of your Voter’s Card, otherwise known as Voter Identification Number (VIN), then send to 09062330860 or 09062830861. Example of how your message should look like is (Lagos, Kayode, 124000) and then send to the above phone numbers. Do not call the numbers, only text messages.
The second option is by visiting the official website of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to get details of your polling unit before voting kickoff Saturday morning as earlier mentioned. Meanwhile, the official website of INEC is www.cvr.inecnigeria.org, so visit the site to get the exact location of your polling unit.
This exercise is very important that you do it, most importantly for you to be sure of the exact location of your polling unit, and also, in case INEC may have deployed you to another polling unit without you being aware of such changes.
Ensure that you come out to vote on Saturday morning, and know it that you are not doing anyone any special favour by coming out to vote or equally voting the most credible candidate. Yes, because if you vote in an incompetent leader/government, it is everybody that will suffer it including yourself and your family members. On the other hand, do not sell your vote for any amount, resist such urge or temptation at all cost.
Take a look at the current situation in the country, have you seen were APC supporters are buying fuel cheaper than others, were PDP supporters are exchanging dollars at different rates, etc? You already know the answer to that question, so be wise and vote wisely.
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