In few months, Nigeria will once again get the opportunity to elect their leaders. 

As the general elections draw nearer, it is paramount that all eligible voters fulfill all righteousness in order to stand a chance of exercising their constitutional rights.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission had 74 million voters in its register by the second week of January, but only 2,786,405 Nigerians have registered so far.

According to him, the presidential and National Assembly elections have been fixed for Saturday, February 16, 2019, while the governorship/state assembly and federal capital territory area council elections will hold on Saturday, March 2, 2019. 

The INEC chairman said efforts were being made to increase the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, adding that a portal had been created to notify registered voters when their PVCs were ready.

Here are a list of things Nigerians must do before the 2019 elections

1) Get Registered 

Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is an exercise meant for the registration of citizens who turned 18 years of age after the last registration exercise; or those who for one reason or another could not register in the previous exercises.

The 2010 Electoral Act (as amended) mandates the Commission to carry out CVR nationwide and to make available to every political party within 60 days, after each year, the names and addresses of each person registered during that year.

In pursuance of this requirement, the Commission has developed the modality for the conduct of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise nationwide.

The date for the commencement for the CVR exercise was Thursday, 27th April, 2017 at the INEC Local Government offices nationwide and remains continuous all year round.

2) Voters Registration Status

Check your voter status by entering your details on the INEC website.

Also check your voter status by sending an SMS with your State, Last name, Voter Identification Number (VIN) to any of the numbers below: 

Format: State, Last name, VIN
Example: Kogi, Solomon, 10877

You should receive a response within 15 minutes.

3) Voters card 

Temporary Voters Card (TVCs) will be issued to registrants at the point of registration, while the PVCs of those registered in Quarter 1 (Q1) should be ready for collection in Quarter 3 (Q3), and Quarter 2 (Q2) will be ready in Quarter 4 (Q4). 

The last week of each quarter will be for display, hearing the claims and objections and housekeeping, such as data backup, consolidation, reporting. 

4) Vote 

In Nigeria, the constitution stipulates that elections should be held not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days to the end of the incumbent’s tenure. 

Professor Yakubu Mahmood, decided to fix the date for national elections every third Saturday in February of an election year and state elections two weeks afterward.