The “Manual for Election Officials 2015” spells out the duties of personnel involved in the conduct of elections in Nigeria. Apart from casting vote for the candidate in secret, to protect his/her choice and preference, all other aspects of the elections are conducted in the open, in line with specific procedures.
The 2015 version of the Manual is a remarkable improvement on the previous editions. With the provision of full complement of Poll Officials in all Polling Unit and Voting Points, there is a corresponding increase in the number of Election Officials. This translates to an added responsibility in the area of training. With millions of registered voters warming up for the polls, Nigerians and the international community expect much improvement on previous electoral records.
This manual draws from the Revised Guidelines and the various policies and modifications introduced by the Commission, particularly on accreditation and voting procedures as well as creating Voting Points, in Polling Units with more than Seven hundred and fifty (750) registered voters. Other issues contained in the revised manual include sorting, counting and tabulation of ballots; collation and declaration of results; tips on security and conflict prevention at Polling Units as well as electoral offences and their penalties.
Election 2015 Duties Of Corpers
During the Inec training for corpers i got to know some inside information about the main roles of corpers involved in the election processes. Below are the roles corpers would be actively involved individually.
1. Presiding Officer (PO)
Is in-charge of all activities at the Polling Unit on Election Day including Accreditation, Voting, Sorting, Counting of votes as well as the Announcement of election results.
2. Assistant Presiding Officer (APO) I (Verification and Statistics/Overseer)
The APO I:
Authenticates and verifies the voter using the Card Reader.
3. Assistant Presiding Officer (APO) II (Register-Check/Ballot Paper Issuance and Inking)
The APO II:
Confirms that voter’s details in the PVC are contained in the Register of Voters and ticks the appropriate box by the voter’s name before Accreditation and before Voting.
4. Assistant Presiding Officer (APO) III (Queue Controller)
The APO III:
Arranges separate queues for men and women in areas where the mingling of men and women in the same queue is not allowed.
5. Assistant Presiding Officer Voting Point, APO(VP)
The APO (VP):
Supervises the conduct of all activities during accreditation, voting, sorting and counting
within a specified Voting Point (VP).
Any role of the above can be assigned to any corper involved in the election. Roles and names of corpers are done randomly, so any role can be choosen for any corper irrespective of choice.
I advice all corpers to always cooperate and work hand in hand to ensure the best results and error and mistake free election.
Sincerely speaking, i would love the APO 1 role. The Card reader job is quite easy and stress free.
Please click to download the Election 2015 manual: Election Manual 2015
The election manual is in pdf format and can be viewed on any device.
Security Advice For All Corpers
TO ALL NYSC MEMBERS
Please know that the money INEC will give you is not up to 0.01 percent of your life’s value, so be security conscious during this election and always seek for the nearest escape route at your polling centers(be it fence, river or bridge). The memory of 2011 still abides with us. Please, play safe and don’t allow any politician to lure you into any rigging action(make dem go bring their children). Always remember your parents and well wishers are waiting for you back home. If your polling unit is turning red, leave their boxes for them and run for your dear life(person wey motor hit no dey write d plate number o). It’s only a living soul that will count ballot papers.
Coppers Weeee 😀
TIPS FOR POLL OFFICIALS ON BASIC SECURITY IN ELECTION DUTIES
- i. Ensure you attend security briefings at the RAC before deployment. This will give you key information and insights about risks and threats in the area you are deployed.
- ii. Before deployment, ensure that you receive the telephone number of a competent official (Security agencies or INEC) to call when in distress. You can also contact the INEC Citizen Contact Centre or the ERM Secretariat.
- iii. Phone numbers of most senior security officers should be programmed into your communication device.
- iv. Collect the contact of the Election Support Centers for your state.
- v. Do not move unless a security escort accompanies you.
- vi. Security officials on election duties are there for your protection. Maintain a cordial relationship with them. If a security official stops you be polite, present your ID if requested and obey security directives.
- vii. Be security conscious at all times. It is important to know the security situation in your area and avoid areas that are identified as officially off limits, considered politically sensitive or where security incidents are known to take place.
- viii. It is important for staff to be aware of their environment e.g. security points, escape points, difficult terrain etc. and culture of the community they are deployed.
- ix. Maintain this awareness of and be sensitive to change. Be aware of individuals who may be acting suspiciously and report such behaviour.
- x. Do not panic. Always assess situations and provide the best response. Try as much as possible to not react in a violent manner and most importantly stay away from situations that could be threatening.
- xi. If you find yourself in the trunk of a car, kick the back tail lights out; stick your arm through the hole and wave.
- xii. Do not hesitate to call attention to yourself if you are in danger: scream, shout, blow the horn of your vehicle.
- xiii. Personal safety is an individual responsibility. The best way to be safe is to avoid trouble in the first place rather than try to remove yourself later.
- xiv. Be sure to gain an understanding of the host community’s traditions and beliefs. Respect the culture and customs of the environment in which you work.
- xv. Be sure to behave professionally at all times. Inspire confidence when performing your duties.
- xvi. Never discuss politics or religion; these may incline people to assume bias and possible misuse of office in favour of a candidate.
- xvii. Drivers should have be aware of strange objects while driving especially during convoy movement, some of these objects may be an IED or unexploded ordinance.
- xviii. It is important for all drivers to know alternative routes in case there is a security threat and main roads are not available.
- xix. Ensure you carry with you essential items on your trip e.g. soap, deodorant, clothing, food
and money. However be sure not to carry costly items.
- xx. Remember, you are responsible and accountable for your safety and security
All The Best In The Election 2015 and let God decide…