General Elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria

In February 2019, Nigerian voters head to polling units across the country to elect from a range of candidates: President and National Assembly, with the latter comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives. On this page, we provide information to help readers understand the process.

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Four things Nigerian voters can do for their communities
Find Your Voter Information →

Provided via the link is a listing of state government centers where you may find your election information well beforehand, leading up to, and on the day of elections.

And below are the four key steps all eligible voters should take, on time, in order to make their fullest contribution to their communities.

Register Early & Correctly

Make sure that your state election office has your correct personal information and registration status. If you have just become eligible to vote, do register promptly, via means provided by your state and local voter information center here →

Check Your Status Again

The Independent National Electoral Commision of Nigeria (INEC) has also provided an online Registers of Voters, where you may use their voter verification platform to check if your status has been correctly inputted on record. You will need your full name, state where you are registered to vote, and either your full date of birth or Voter Identification Number (VIN).

Please do this now, and correct any errors you find here →

Discuss with Others

There are few better ways to learn (and become more motivated as well as informed) than in conversation with a range of fellow potential voters. Ideally, you will want to speak with those you agree with, those you disagree with (best behavior, everyone), and those you may persuade or become persuaded by. Peer education is the goal here, and an essential part of what it means to form, be and take care of a civic community. Do see if your state elections office has a schedule of meetings or town halls →

Vote on Time

And the most crucial part of all this is the slot of time you find to make sure you vote. Plan at least two months in advance if you cannot physically be at your polling unit that day, and so need to vote by absentee ballot (find out how at your state info site). For those going on voting day but especially short on time (job, family, prior commitments) do check in the days prior for the correct address of your polling unit, and note that arriving at certain moments of that day often makes for a surprisingly short line and wait for your time in the booth. Verify your registration and polling unit location at your state information center here →

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Post-Elections Results

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INTERNATIONAL

In 2019, Africa as a whole will be engaged by a number of important national elections: in Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia. Hopefully, the OurPubliks pages we provide will help you learn of, understand, and keep abreast of these elections as they unfold.

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The Long Before & After of Voting

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