As part of its public awareness campaign, the commission has revealed seven cardinal sins that should not be committed anywhere around the thousands of polling units where Nigerians will cast their votes on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
To this end, Nigerians have been cautioned to adhere strictly to the laws of the land so as to make the 2019 general elections a successful one.
The Election Day Offenses listed by the commission are:
1. No campaigning for votes, or persuasion of voters to not vote for a candidate.
2. No shouting of slogans concerning the election, or in support of any party.
3. No one should be in possession of an offensive weapon or wear any apparel calculated to intimidate voters.
4. No one is allowed to use a vehicle bearing the colour or symbol of a political party or candidate
5. No one is allowed to loiter at polling units without lawful excuse after voting or after being refused to vote.
6. No one is allowed to snatch or destroy any election materials.
7. No one is allowed to blare siren.
Even though INEC did not include it in its main list of offences, mobile phones are prohibited inside the polling booths when a vote is being cast, but can be used around the polling units.
President Muhammadu Buhari revealed earlier this week that he’s instructed security agencies to be “ruthless” in dealing with ballot box snatchers, so you might want to take particular note of number 6, or pretty much everything, just to be safe.
Nigerians can report election offences to the INEC situation room.
On each election day, according to INEC, polling stations will open for accreditation and voting from 8:00am to 2.00pm.
“However, voters on the queue before the close of poll at 2:00pm will be accredited and allowed to vote,” the commission noted.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections that were initially supposed to take place on February 16 will now take place on February 23, while the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections initially scheduled for March 2 have been moved to March 9.