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Presiding Officer (PO) (Ballot Paper Issuance/Overseer)

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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

Presiding Officer (PO) (Ballot Paper Issuance/Overseer)

The PO:

Is in charge of all activities at the Polling Unit on Election Day including Polling, Sorting, Counting of votes as well as the Announcement of election result (s).

a) Takes delivery of and inspects all materials and equipment for election from the Supervisory Presiding Officer and ensures their security, particularly the sensitive materials, such as the ballot papers and result forms;
b) Must be at the Polling Unit early (at least one hour before the official commencement of polling) to set up the Polling Unit;
c) Coordinates activities in the voting points under his supervision;
d) Conducts voter education ahead of polling.
e) Issues ballot paper(s) to voters and ensures that voters deposit thumb-printed ballot paper(s) into the appropriate ballot box.
f) Completes Forms EC 40H(1) – PWD Voter Information and Statistics
g) Transmit the result from the Polling Unit using the smart card reader
h) Returns all election materials, other than the Result Sheets and the Card Reader, to the SPO for delivery to the EO after elections.
i) Delivers the completed Result Sheets and Card Reader to the Registration Area Collation Officer (RACO)
j) Reports any security incident to the Security Agents at the Polling Unit and, where necessary, invites the Police or Security Agents to maintain order, keep the peace or arrest any person committing an offence;
k) Documents adverse incidents, using incident report form and informs the appropriate authority and persons;
l) Responds to calls from the EOSC for periodic updates of the elections progress and reports threats.

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Source: Independent National Electoral Commission Manual For Election Officials
Posted on: @nyscmembers

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