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As a Nigerian who has registered for the upcoming 2023 Presidential election, you can follow the procedure below to change your voting location to another polling unit. This can be done via the new INEC continuous voter registration portal. As part of the voter registration exercise, it is expected of a person who intends to register to do so at the centre nearest to their residence.

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This is to ensure easy access to the polling unit and vote on Election Day. Therefore, you can apply for a change of polling unit if you relocated to a place farther than where you had previously registered in.

Procedure for Transfer according to INEC include:

Step 1:The person who intends to transfer his/her registration will apply to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state where he/she is currently residing through his/her Electoral Officer (EO).

Note: The application should contain the current address and phone number of the applicant as these will assist in allocating the polling unit nearest to him/her as well as for contact purposes respectively.

Step 2:The applicant shall attach a photocopy of his/her Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to the application and submit it at the nearest registration centre nearest to him/her.

Note: The applicant must apply to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in good time, well before 60 days before the election. No transfer can be entertained or granted less than 60 days before the election.

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Step 3:If satisfied that the applicant is currently resident in the area, the Resident Electoral Commissioner shall approve the application and direct that the applicant’s details be transferred to his/her new location.

Note: The Commission may require evidence such as a Utility Bill for confirmation of your residency.

Step 4:The applicant will be assigned to the nearest polling unit to his/her new residence.

Note: The applicant’s registration and particulars will then be deleted from the register of voters in the previous location

Step 5:The applicant would be issued with a new Permanent Voter’s Card at the registration centre where he/she submitted his/her application or at any other designated centre by the Commission and the previous one will be retrieved.

Note: When the PVCs are ready, the Commission will make a public announcement to that effect for collection. The applicant should pick up the new PVC in person as collection by proxy is not allowed.

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You will be asked to retrieve your voting records via an application form. You will provide the following


  • State*
  • Last Name*
  • First Name*
  • Date of Birth*
  • Polling Unit Code (Optional)
  • Voter Identification Number (Optional)
  • Enter your VIN here or leave empty
  • Finally, you will be asked this question: Are you doing this process for yourself or assisting someone else?

To change your voting location to another polling unit online, that is to transfer visit:

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This article was first published on 21st June 2022


Ohia, Ernest Chigaemezu is a writer, editor, and grade teacher based in Jos, Nigeria.

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