The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has provided the guidelines for transfer of registered voters within Nigerian states. The provision of these guidelines is very essential to ensure that no Nigerian is disenfranchised. That means, being denied of right to vote. This provision is backed up by the Section 13 of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended. It is therefore very important for Nigerian voters to utilise this opportunity to relocate their voting state to enable them vote in Nigerian elections.
The Nigerian electoral system allows registered voters to vote in the constituency they registered for. That is why you see people travelling to and fro the country to vote whenever it is election time. However, since it is constitutionally permissible for one to live in whatever state one prefers in Nigeria, the guidelines for transfer of registered voters within Nigerian states was released. Therefore, an individual can now change his constituency to allow him vote in the place he prefers to vote in.
Guidelines For Transfer Of Registered Voters Within Nigerian States
According to INEC, the guidelines for transfer of registered voters within Nigerian states are as follows:
- First, the person who intends to transfer his registration will write an application to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner of the State where he is currently residing.
- The applicant will attach his voters’ card to the application.
- The applicant must apply to the Resident Electoral Commissioner not later than 30 days before the date of an election in the constituency where he is residing.
- Furthermore, the Resident Electoral Commissioner will direct the Electoral Officer of the applicants Local Government Area to enter his name in the transferred voters list.
- The Electoral Officer will assign the applicant to a polling unit in his constituency.
- Next, the Electoral Officer will issue the applicant with a new voters card
- The Electoral officer will retrieve the applicants previous voters card
- He will then send a copy of the entry to the Electoral officer of the constituency where the person whose name has been so entered was originally registered.
- Finally, upon receipt of this entry, that Electoral Officer shall delete the name from his voters list.
Note- Apart from State Headquarters Offices of INEC, applicants can also submit their applications at the INEC Office in their Local Government Areas. The applications will be forwarded to the Resident Electoral Commissioner for necessary action.
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The above steps are the Guidelines For Transfer Of Registered Voters Within Nigerian States. It is essential to do this now before any major election comes up. By so doing, you will beat the possible stress and delays that would occur then. You can share this across your social media. If you have any challenge, we will be glad to be of help. Thank you for visiting us today.