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The Nigeria Police Force ~NPF have released an outline of behaviours that contravene the Electoral Act.
On Election Day, these are offences:
1~ Casting of vote twice or more.
2~ Announcing false election result.
3~ Stopping any other person from voting.
To men: Your wife is not in need of your consent to exercise her right to vote.
Do NOT prevent her from voting.
The same rule applies to parents. You have no say in the rights of your eligible children.
4~ Revealing information on a ballot paper of another person.
5~ Being in possession of another person’s voter card.
Do NOT even hold someone else’s permanent voter’s card ~PVC, unless you want to explain to the police who appointed you the voter’s card store keeper!
6~ Disorderly behaviour at polling unit.
7~ Canvassing for votes at polling unit.
Campaigns are effectively over.
8~ Shouting slogan of a political party at polling unit.
No “Sai Goodluck”, “Sai Buhari”, “APC – CHANGE”, “PDP – POWER”.
Do NOT even as much as mention the name of any candidate or party.
Only your thumb should speak for you on election day.
Your lips are to remain silent.
9~ Being armed with guns, sticks, stones or any other dangerous weapons at polling unit.
10~ Loitering or walking about in a polling unit.
11~ Using siren at a polling unit.
12~ Snatching or destroying ballot boxes or card readers.
13~ Holding public meeting during election hours on Election Day.
Do NOT pause on the street or in any other public place to discuss with a friend, let alone hold public discussions.
14~ Wearing or carrying badge or poster of a political party.
Do NOT wear a T-shirt, cap or clothing that bears the emblem of any party or candidate.
Do NOT carry political leaflets.
15~ Inflicting or threatening to inflict injury on any person or persons at a polling unit.
Above all, report every act of violence to law enforcement agents.
If you are yet to store telephone numbers of relevant police commands, do so now.
Do NOT be helpless and vulnerable.
And of course, put some credit on your cellphone.
Long live the Federal Republic Of Nigeria.