A valid voters’ register and possession of voter’s card by each voter are vital for free and fair elections. A person must possess a voter’s card in order to be accredited and allowed to vote during an election. The card identifies the voter. Thus the voter’s name can be checked easily by the Presiding Officer or his assistant.
It is therefore important that a person keeps his voter’s card safely, to prevent loss or damage. However, if a person loses his card or if it is damaged, the Independent National Electoral Commission can replace it.
The procedure for replacement of lost or damaged voters’ cards is as follows:
- The voter shall apply in person to the Electoral Officer or any other officer duly authorised for that purpose by the Resident Electoral Commissioner.
- The application shall be at least 30 days before an election.
- The applicant shall state the circumstances of the loss or damage.
- Then, he shall be issued with another copy of his original voter’s card.
- The word “DUPLICATE” will be marked or printed on it clearly.
- The date of issue will also be printed on the new voter’s card.