8 Essential Items To Take On Your Way To Vote
Next weekend, we will be out to perform our civic obligation as we play our part in deciding Nigeria’s future through the general elections. For first-time voters, the tediousness of the voter’s card registration and collection still lingers. Who said anything we do has to be easy? Election day comes with the promises of a new Nigeria—for better or worse, so a lot is always at stake, seldom compromising its integrity. More often than not, however, the polls are usually better coordinated than the PVC phase. Because there will be no vehicle movement on the day, there is a whiff of serenity in the air, especially in the perpetually busy city of Lagos. If this is your first appearance at the polls, here is a guide on what to have in your fannypack.
1. Voter’s card
This item goes without saying. Just like a farmer cannot go to the farm without his equipment, a voter cannot go to their polling unit without their permanent voter’s card, except your plan is to go there and document proceedings. Our PVC is our voice, power, and responsibility rolled into one. The onus is on us to use it with a clear conscience.
2. Sunscreen and Sunglasses
Due to the lack of vehicular movement on the day, there might be some foot movement to and fro the polling booths. It is likely to be sunny, so keeping sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses in the pack is a must.
3. Power Bank
We advise you to go with a durable power bank. If it takes longer than expected, your phone battery will likely not be up for it. They are household necessities for Nigerians nowadays, anyway.
Water is a nonnegotiable essential. You have to stay hydrated. Drink some water, cast your vote and drink some more water.
Eating breakfast is always advised regardless of what the day has in store. However, if voting at your polling unit is drawn out into the early afternoon, you might want something to snack on, either due to hunger or boredom. Some chin-chin, kilishi, pringles, prawn crackers, biscuits and cookies are snacks you can easily carry in your fannypack to vote.
6. Hand Fan
It will get hot, so take a hand fan with you. You can use the new battery-powered ones or the old variations we manually use to keep sweating at bay.
7. Hand Sanitser
We agree COVID has packed its load and gone from us, but there are other infections to protect yourself from.
8. Music Playlist on Your Phone
Nothing is more of a companion than music when you are in a queue, whether in your car or standing. Download our special playlist on page 16 to prepare for this.
Self-identifies as a middle child between millennials and the gen Z, began writing as a 14 year-old. Born and raised in Lagos where he would go on to obtain a degree in the University of Lagos, he mainly draws inspiration from societal issues and the ills within. His "live and let live" mantra shapes his thought process as he writes about lifestyle from a place of empathy and emotional intelligence. When he is not writing, he is very invested in football and sociopolitical commentary on social media.