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  Elections play a crucial role in ensuring democracy in Nigeria, as it grants citizens the opportunity to vote and elect their preferred leaders. For Nigerian citizens planning to participate in the upcoming election scheduled to hold on Saturday, 25th February, it is crucial to be familiar with the necessary items to bring along to their designated polling unit. This will ensure a hassle-free and seamless voting process.
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Before going to the polling unit, it is essential to have a good understanding of the candidates and their political parties. This will help you make an informed decision when casting your vote. You can research the candidates and their political parties online or by attending political rallies and debates. To facilitate a smooth voting experience, this article aims to highlight some of the essential items required at the polling unit.
  1. Permanent Voter Card (PVC)

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The Permanent Voter Card (PVC) is the most important item you need to bring with you to your polling unit. The PVC is the only valid form of identification that will allow you to vote during an election in Nigeria. It contains your personal details, photograph, and a unique identification number, which is used for accreditation before you are allowed to vote. Without a valid PVC, you will not be able to vote. It is essential to note that the PVC is not transferable, and you must bring the card issued to you during the voter registration exercise. If you have lost your PVC or it has been stolen, do not bother going to your polling unit.
  1. Water Bottle and Snacks

Water and snacks
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Voting in Nigeria can be a time-consuming process, especially if there are long queues at the polling unit. To ensure that you remain comfortable and hydrated throughout the voting exercise, it is recommended to bring along a water bottle and some snacks. This will help you stay energized and alert while waiting to cast your vote.
  1. Mobile Phone And A Power Bank

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Though it’s not compulsory to take your cell phone to the polling station, it can be useful in emergencies or to reduce the effects of boredom. For example, if there’s a security threat, you can use your phone to call for help or contact the INEC helpline if there are any problems. Additionally, smartphones with video capabilities like Android and iPhone can be handy for recording events and providing live coverage. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to remember that phone usage is prohibited inside voting booths.
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Furthermore, voters should endeavour to go along with their power banks, because Nigerian elections have a history of going the distance. Thus, your power bank will help you sustain the battery life of your mobile phone as long as the voting process endures.
  1. Comfortable Shoes and Clothing

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Since you may have to stand in long queues at the polling unit, it is essential to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You should avoid wearing high heels, sandals, or any other shoes that may cause discomfort. It is also advisable to wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in.
  1. Sunglasses and Sunscreen

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If you will be voting in an area with strong sunlight, it may be a good idea to bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from harmful UV rays. Also, go along with a face cap, so as to avoid the sun.
  1. Voter Education Materials

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If you are a first-time voter or are not familiar with the voting process, you may want to bring along some voter education materials to help you understand the process better. These may include INEC voter education brochures, guidelines, or a copy of the electoral act.
  1. Reading Materials

Since the voting process may take some time, you may want to bring along some reading materials like newspapers, magazines, or a book to help you pass the time.
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In conclusion, voting is a civic responsibility, and it is important to prepare adequately for the experience. Bringing along the items listed above will help you stay comfortable, hydrated, and well-informed throughout the voting process. Remember, the key to a successful voting experience is to be well-prepared. Featured Image Source: iBtandTV
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This article was first published on 23rd February 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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