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Nigeria - Obtain a Voters Card

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1.You should start by locating a nearby polling unit in your area. The unit can be located by visiting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) website, on the website click on the button marked Polling Unit. This shall lead you to, on this page, follow the steps given in order to be able to locate a polling unit in your area;

2.After locating a polling unit for registration, go to the unit with proof of age and nationality;

3.At the registration centre / polling unit, the electoral officer shall take your picture and finger prints and he / she shall assist you in filling the voter register with all the necessary information required;

4.After registration, you shall be issued with a Voter Card on the day that is communicated to you by the electoral officer;

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Required Documents[edit]

Proof of age and proof of nationality (Birth Certificate / National Identity Card / Passport).

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Plot 436 Zambezi Crescent, Maitama District

PMB 0184 Garki, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Telephone: +234 (0)9 222 INEC (4632)



Location of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Registration Area Centres can be obtained by visiting and click on the link of you location

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Citizens of Nigeria eighteen (18) years and above


It is issued for free by the Government of Nigeria


Valid for 5 years and then a renewal is required

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing takes 30 working Days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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1.A person can register at ward or LGA where he / she holds ordinarily residence, where he / she works or where he / she originates;;

2.An applicant must not be subject to an legal inability to vote;

3.Applications must be submitted in person;

4.An applicant must be of a sound mind;

5.Foreigners cannot obtain voters cards;

6.Voters cards are obtained from the place where a person registers

7.After obtaining a voters card, a person must keep it safely;

8.A lost voters card can only be replaced upon application and upon submission of proof;

9.A person cannot register more than once;

Required Information[edit]

1.Name of applicant

2.Sex; and age of applicant

3.Date and place of birth;

4.Physical and contact address;

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Need for the Document[edit]

A voters card is issued to citizens of a given country to enable them participate in any organized elections. In Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission is the authority in-charge of any issues related to elections / voting. In order to obtain a voters card in Nigeria, a person must register with the commission; registration is the process of identifying citizens who are eligible to vote and involves collection and compilation of details of their personal details. Registration centres are situated at all polling units in the country

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

1.A voters card enables the holder to participate in any elections that may be organized in the country;

2.It can be used as an identification document;

3.It is also used to prove nationality;

4.The data collected during the registration process can be used by government in it planning and implementation policies;

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