INEC bars phones, snapping ballot papers at polls

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INEC chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu
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Prof Mahmood Yakubu says INEC will bar phones from using their phones during accreditation and voting
Prof Mahmood Yakubu says INEC will bar phones from using their phones during accreditation and voting

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said the electoral body will bar the use of phones particularly snapping of ballot papers.

The INEC chairman made the disclosure while speaking at the “Election Stakeholders Forum on the 2018 Governorship Election”, organised by INEC on Monday in Osogbo.

Yakubu in his address said the commission had improved on the functionality of the commission’s technological innovations to safeguard the integrity and credibility of elections.

The INEC chairman said the commission had reviewed the administration of the polling units to make it difficult for voters to expose their marked ballot papers to intending vote-buyers.

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He said that though people could not be banned from taking their cell phones to the polling units because it would be difficult for them to take pictures and report malpractices to INEC as requested of the people, but the electorate from point of accreditation and voting, would not be allowed to be with his/her cell phones.

“Our ultimate objective is to ensure that the choice of who becomes the next governor of Osun is entirely in the hands of the voters.

“Votes will count and only the choice made by the people of Osun and nothing else would determine the outcome of the election,” he said.