Idependent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has discharged a 33-page rules and guideline for successful conduct of the 2019 election.
In like manner, the commission has restricted assemblage officers from making or getting phone brings in the line of obligation.
INEC stated: “So as to stay concentrated on their task, examination officers are not permitted to make or get phone calls amid gathering.” One of the hostile issues in the fallout of the September 22, 2018, governorship race in Osun State was the choice of the Chief Returning Officer to pick bring amidst the affirmation of results, an activity seen by numerous partisans as having impacted the last assertion of results.
The commission likewise prohibited open officers from remaining as surveying specialists for political gatherings, with the exception of where the officer had surrendered no less than 90 days before the surveys.
INEC expressed further: “No individual will be met all requirements to be delegated or fill in as a surveying operator of any political gathering if, being an individual utilized in the general population administration of the league or of any state or neighborhood government/zone chamber, he/she has not surrendered or pulled back or resigned from such work something like 90 days before the date of the race.
“Where a voter’s PVC is perused yet his/her unique finger impression isn’t verified, the APO I will allude the voter to APO II who will ask for the voter to thumbprint the proper box in the Register of Voters; ask for the voter to give his/her telephone number in fitting box in the Register of Voters; proceed with the accreditation of the voter; and allude the voter to the PO or APO (VP) for issuance of tally paper(s).
“Where a voter’s PVC is perused however the name of the voter isn’t on the Register of Voters, APO II will allude the voter to the PO or APO (VP) who will considerately ask for the voter to leave the Polling Unit.
“If the PVC neglects to be perused by the Smart Card Reader, the APO I will allude the voter to the PO or APO (VP) who will pleasantly ask for the voter to leave the Polling Unit.
“Where a voter’s PVC is perused and the SCR demonstrates the subtleties of someone else, as opposed to the subtleties of the cardholder as imprinted on the PVC, the APO I will: Refer the voter to APO II to affirm that the subtleties of the voter in the Register of Voters compare to those on the PVC; APO II whenever fulfilled that the holder of the card is on the Register of Voters, will record the telephone number of the voter in the suitable box on the Register of Voters; and Proceed with the accreditation of the voter.”
“In all cases from 11(b) to 11(e) the Presiding Officer will fill the proper structures in the PU booklet and make a report. Influenced voters in 11(b) and 11(e) fit the bill to be issued vote papers after interview with Polling Agents.
“Where the Permanent Voters’ Card, PVC, exhibited by the voter isn’t for the Polling Unit, the APO I will cordially educate the voter and prompt him/her to continue to the suitable Polling Unit.”
“Any individual who shows the PVC of someone else with an expectation to utilize it to cast a ballot, will not be permitted to cast a ballot and might be at risk to capture and indictment. “In case of continued glitch of the Smart Card Reader (SCR), the Presiding Officer (PO) will quickly advise the Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO), the Electoral Officer (EO), and the Electoral Operations Support Center (EOSC) for substitution; suspend Accreditation and Voting until another Card Reader is made accessible;
“Phones and other electronic gadgets equipped for taking pictures are not permitted in casting a ballot desk areas. Voters may go to the Polling Unit with phones and other electronic gadgets gave that they don’t take them to the casting a ballot work spaces or take pictures of different voters while they are casting a ballot.
“After thumb printing the tally, while still in the casting a ballot work area, the voter will cautiously overlap the stamped poll paper in a similar way that the Presiding Officer had pre-collapsed the vote before issuing it to the voter and continue to drop it in the suitable voting station.
Extra voting booths will be given where vital. “Managing Officers will put the voting stations not multiple meters from the casting a ballot work space, toward the Presiding Officers and far from the surveying operators.
“Subsequent to throwing his/her tally, the voter is allowed to stay inside the region of the Polling Unit to observe the arranging and checking of votes and the declaration of results, gave he/she is methodical.
“Where the all out number of votes cast at a Polling Unit surpasses the quantity of enlisted voters in the Polling Unit, the consequence of the race for that Polling Unit will be pronounced invalid and void, and a report in such manner will be made to the gathering officer.
“Additionally, where the all out number of votes cast at a Polling Unit surpasses the all out number of authorize voters, the result of the decision will be proclaimed invalid and void, and a report in such manner will made to the examination officer.
“Where after a crosscheck and relate, the entirety of ruined ticket papers, rejected votes and substantial votes isn’t equivalent to the complete number of utilized polls, an inconsistency exists, and the Presiding Officer will present a composed answer to the RA/Ward Collation Officer.”