The 2023 election in Nigeria is just a few hours away, with the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to kick off on February 25, 2023. These elections are a critical time for Nigerians, as they present an opportunity for citizens to have their voices heard and shape their country’s future.
Nigerians would want to cast their votes for their preferred candidates, who they believe would help get the country moving in the right direction because elections are intended to be a democratic procedure for the governed to elect those who get to lead them for the next few years.
Before now, we told you about the election process, what to expect when heading to the polling units, how to locate your polling units, how the BVAS operates, and many other things you should be aware of before voting.
We also told you that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed a toll-free number that can help voters report any issues affecting them or others, just in case you missed that. We recently created a story for you to follow these results as they are transmitted.
Now, to help you stay informed and engaged, here is a list of five essential online tools provided by Google that you can use during the election season. These tools will help you stay up-to-date on the latest election trends, find information on the candidates and their policies, and get directions to your polling station, ensuring that you are ready and empowered to make your voice heard.
Find at-a-glance elections information
To make it easier to stay up-to-date on the upcoming elections, Google has launched new information panels in Nigeria on Search. When Nigerians search for “Nigeria Elections” on Google, they can quickly find relevant and authoritative information, including key dates, the latest news and polling information from trusted sources.
Nigeria Elections Trends Page
To help people understand how and what users are searching for in the lead-up to the election, Google has launched a dedicated Google Trends election page. With this tool, you can stay informed about the most searched election topics, and view insights from across the country. You can use the tool to compare the search interest of different candidates, parties, and issues.
Livestream on YouTube or watch past debates/town halls
YouTube is a helpful resource for those who want to stay informed about the elections. You can watch past debates and town halls on YouTube to better understand the candidates and their policies. News providers can also provide live election coverage through their YouTube channels
For the Nigeria elections, Google will feature a special Doodle, which, when clicked, will connect you to the elections information panels. This page provides the most relevant and up-to-date election information from trusted parties. The Doodle is a fun and creative way to learn about the election candidates and their policies while highlighting important issues and events related to the election.
Find Your Polling Station using Google Maps
You can utilize the INEC portal to locate your polling place. Once you’ve found your polling place, you can use Google Maps to acquire driving instructions by entering the address. Before leaving your house, you can utilize Google Maps to learn more about the neighbourhood surrounding the polling place. By using this tool, you may cut down on travel time and guarantee that you’ll be at the polls on time.
These digital resources will help you remain informed, active, and empowered leading up to Nigeria’s pivotal 2023 elections. You can make a difference in the country’s future by utilising these resources to make your voice heard and influence policy.
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