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#NotTooWokeToVote: Your Vote As A Catalyst For Change

#NotTooWokeToVote: Your Vote As A Catalyst For Change

The political ambiance in the country is reverberating with more fervour as the countdown to 2019 begins. With less than 370 days to the general elections, it is imperative to reiterate that it is the fundamental right of every citizen to vote as stated in the amended 1999 constitution. It is not just a right but a duty and obligation of every citizen.

While ‘Your Vote is your Right’ is a widely acclaimed slogan, the political apathy shown by the citizens, especially the lack of interest by the electorate to protect their votes and hold public officials accountable has contributed to the poor state of governance in the nation.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the official timetable for the 2019 elections. The presidential and National Assembly elections will take place on February 16, 2019, while the elections for state governors, state house of assembly representatives, and council representatives will take place on March 2, 2019.

To truly have a voice and exercise your civic right, it important to get your Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in order to vote for your desired candidates. The registration is currently underway; therefore go to the nearest INEC LGA office with a valid means of identification like a birth certificate, a driver’s licence, national passport, or any other document that can prove identity, age and nationality. The exercise runs between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

When the registration process is complete, you will be issued a Temporary Voter’s Card (TVC) as a placeholder for when the permanent one will be ready. The TVC will be used to claim your PVC at the INEC LGA office after your name has been verified on the distribution list.

You can verify your PVC status by checking if your name has been added to the voters’ register by checking the “Voter Register Verification Platform” on the INEC website. Below are the Voters Registration centers in Lagos State.

 

 

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February 9th, 2018

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