Organisation : The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Facility Name : Polling Units Search
Applicable For : Nigerian Voters
Country : Nigeria
Website : https://inecnigeria.org/
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INEC Polling Units Search
At a polling unit, a citizen can either register to vote or vote. It is advisable to select a Polling Unit close to your area of residence due to the restricted movement on election days.
How To Search Polling Units?
You can locate your polling unit by using the Polling Unit Locator Tool. To view your polling unit, follow the steps below;
Step-1 : Go to the link https://inecnigeria.org/elections/polling-units/
Step-2 : Select State (This is the state you would be voting in)
Step-3 : Select LGA (This is the LGA in which you live)
Step-4 : Select Ward
Step-5 : Click “Search”
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is in charge of the polling unit during elections?
The Presiding Officer (PO). He/she oversees a polling unit and conducts election there. He/she is supported by other election officials.
What is the duty of a Supervisory Presiding Officer?
He/she is responsible for the supervision of elections in a cluster of polling units/stations and liaises between the Electoral Officer and a number of Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) under his/her supervision in all matters affecting the election, especially in the distribution, collection and retrieval of election materials.
What does “APO” stand for?
Assistant Presiding Officer.
How many APOs work at a polling unit on Election Day?
Usually, three APOs work in each polling unit on Election Day i.e. APO I, APO II and APO lll.
What are the duties of APOs?
APOs work under the supervision of the Presiding Officer. They assist him/her in the conduct of elections in the polling unit posted to.
Who is a Party Agent?
A party agent is that person representing a political party or candidate at the polling unit, distribution point or collation centre on Election Day and who is so accredited by INEC for that purpose.
Are party agents allowed at the polling units and collation centres?
Yes. Election officials shall allow each party to be represented by one agent at a time in polling units and collation centres provided they are accredited by the Commission. To be accredited, the party must submit the names of the agents not later than seven (14) days before the election to INEC.
How many agents can a Political Party have at a polling unit on Election Day?
Only one accredited party agent per political party is allowed at a polling unit on Election Day.
What are the main responsibilities of the party agents?
Their responsibilities are:
(i) To represent the interest of their Parties and Candidates to ensure that proper procedure, laws and regulations are complied with;
(ii) To observe the process of collection and distribution of election materials;
(iii) To observe the polling and counting of ballots as well as the collation and declaration of results on behalf of their parties;
(iv) To call the attention of the poll officials to any irregularity;
(v) To sign the result sheet if they so desire;
(vi) To testify in Courts/Tribunals in case of election petitions or litigations.
Can a party agent demand for a recount of votes when the Presiding Officer has already completed the counting process?
Yes. A party agent present at a polling unit may demand to have the votes recounted, but only once.
What can an agent or voter do where INEC officials are not following the correct procedure?
The agent/voter shall call the attention of the officials to any irregularities without interfering with the process and report to his/her party.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was established by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to among other things organize elections into various political offices in the country. The functions of INEC as contained in Section 15, Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and Section 2 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended)
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