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What to do on election day when you are not voting 

As Lagosians, indigenes and settlers, registered to vote march to polling booths to perform their civic duty today (Saturday, July 22), those not participating have a lot of time on their hands.Movement is restricted in the 57 local government and local council development areas from 7 am to 3 pm.

So, what are the options for the men and women not voting? Many!
Here are some of the activities those who are not partaking in the exercise to elect chairmen and councillors can engage in as compiled by encomium.ng:
1. Catch up on sleep. 

Lagos is a very stressful city to live in. With traffic jams forcing many to leave home in the wee-hours of the morning and returning very late Monday through Friday, the forced holiday provides a soothing excuse to snooze longer than necessary. 
2. Clean usually abandoned areas of your apartment and the laundry you always postpone.

With a hectic schedule, many spots in homes are never touched. But this holiday gives you the opportunity to tidy and clean neglected areas.

Even laundry that are often put off can be attended to.
3. Prepare special delicacies that time never permitted you to.

There are gourmet meals that take time to accomplish, this is the day you can try them out.

Once you have all the ingredients and condiments, go to work. And take your time to turn out that special dish.
4. Watch that boxset you thought you would never have time for.

Those boxsets of your favourite series can be watched with decent abandon. You have all day to watch without disturbance. 

Slot the series in, put your feet on the table and enjoy.
6. Read that long abandoned book.

That novel or nonfiction you have put away for when you have time should be dusted. 

Get yourself settled in your favourite spot at home and turn the pages.
5. Visit neighbours you never see.

You have enough time to socialise with neighbours who you hardly see as you toil all week.

Visit them, and catch up on the good times.

Or better still, invite them to a soiree with no airs. Just sit, mingle,gist, eat and drink.
6. Camp your partner all day-long.

You can plan an all day rendezvous with your partner. 

Stay indoors, eat, drink and cuddle as you enjoy each other’s company. 
7. Catch up on gist with your spouse.

Devote the day to gisting with your spouse as you catch up.

Just talk about this and that, yesterday and tomorrow, the past and the future. 
8. Strategise and plan the future.

You can strategise and plan your future. With enough time and quietness to concentrate, you can map out a better tomorrow. 
9. Email and call those you have always wanted to get in touch with.

Those calls you have always wanted to make, the emails you have constantly postponed, this is the time to do them.

Get your list out and go to work. 
10. Prepare for the coming week.

You can leisurely prepare for Sunday and the work week.

Plan your attires and schedules. Get your acts together. 
11. Get a home service hair cut or styling. 

Get your neighbourhood barber or hair stylist to come home for a special session.

– Agbolade Owolabi 

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