The 2023 general elections are around the corner, and Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is getting ready to deliver on it’s mandate to deliver free, fair and credible polls come February and March 2023.
In preparation for the keen contest, major political parties like the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the major opposition, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the newly emerged third force, the Labour Party have all intensified their campaigns ahead of the polls.
As political parties are gearing up for the general elections, the electoral body, INEC is also ensuring that the electorates get fully involved in the process before, during and after the polls. Aside increased public awareness, sensitization and voter education, INEC has also introduced innovative ideas to simplify the entire process as a means to encourage large voter turnout on the day of the election.
One of such means is what INEC has tagged, “Operation Know Your Polling Unit”.
This policy is designed with a text messaging service that allows users to text the nine-digit code of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to 8014 and their polling unit address will be sent to them immediately. According to INEC, this service can be enjoyed by all registered voters in Nigeria via their MTN, GLO, AIRTEL and 9MOBILE sim cards.
One of the benefits of this initiative is that every registered vote now has an opportunity to know and validate their polling unit ahead of the election. This move will equally help bring to an end the confusion that many voters do get themselves in when trying to locate their polling unit on election day; many of whom do end up at the wrong polling unit.
I believe that, with this innovative idea, voters won’t have a hard time locating their polling unit and or carrying out their civic responsibilities during the general elections.