Osun 2018 Election: INEC Bans Mobile Phones, Cameras in Polling Booths

Osun 2018 Election: INEC Bans Mobile Phones, Cameras in Polling Booths

Still in search of a strategy to make elections corruption free, the Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday announced a ban on the use of mobile phones, cameras and any other recording devices by voters while in the polling booth. This becomes effective with the governorship election holding Saturday September 22, 2018. The INEC Chairman, Professor

Still in search of a strategy to make elections corruption free, the Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday announced a ban on the use of mobile phones, cameras and any other recording devices by voters while in the polling booth. This becomes effective with the governorship election holding Saturday September 22, 2018.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, informed stakeholders at a meeting in Osogbo, Osun state capital. He said suggestion to adopt this measure came from some of the stakeholders in Osun to INEC adding that it would help curtail incidences of vote buying and selling.

According to the INEC boss, this does not mean that voters will be prevented from using their devices at the polling units, but they would be banned from holding their cameras and telephones, once the ballot papers have been issued and until they cast their votes in the ballot boxes.

He said that both the electoral umpire and security agencies will do their best to prevent vote buying. There are 30 Local Governments and one Area in Osun state collectively having 333 wards. There are over 1.6 million registered voters and over 76 percent of them have collected their PVCs.

There are 333 registration areas, 3,010 polling Units, and 3,765 voting points, with three senatorial districts, nine federal constituencies and 26 state constituencies.

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