The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would end all cases of change of polling unit for transferred and relocated voters in Kogi and Bayelsa ahead of governorship polls in both states on October 6 and October 20 respectively.
INEC warned that any person who has relocated to another place outside the polling unit in which he registered cannot vote in the new location unless he transfers his registration officially to the new polling unit.
Consequently, any voter who has already moved or who intends to transfer his registration must write an application to the INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kogi or Bayelsa through the Electoral Officer of the local government area where he is currently residing.
The commission said in its daily bulletin on Monday in Abuja that the deadline for the transfers was necessary following its directive that all transfers of voters must be concluded 45 days to an election.
Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections are scheduled to hold on November 21 and December 5, respectively.
The commission explained that the 45 days’ deadline was to enable it to effect the integration of the transferred names into the register of voters in each of the states.
According to it, the register of voters is to be certified and published not later than 30 days to an election.
In the Commission’s words, “A person who has relocated to another place outside the (polling) unit in which he/she registered cannot vote in his/her new location unless he/she transfers his/her registration,” it said.
The commission therefore advised any voter who intends to transfer his/her registration to write an application to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kogi or Bayelsa.
“The application should be written through the Electoral Officer of the local government area where he/she is currently residing.
“Such an application should contain the current address of the applicant. This will assist the commission in allocating the Polling Unit (PU) nearest to him/her,” it said.
It added that the applicant should attach a photocopy of his/her Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to the application.