INEC Bans Use Of Mobile Phones, Cameras In Polling Units In Osun Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday banned the use of mobile phones, cameras or any recording devices by voters during the Osun state election scheduled for September 22, 2018.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu announced  this on Monday at a stakeholders meeting in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

He said the ban will help reduce the risk of vote buying and selling which he described as a norm amongst politicians.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu said that voters will not be prevented from using their devices at the polling units, but would be banned from holding their cameras and telephones, once the ballot papers are issued and until they cast their votes in the ballot boxes at their designated polling units.

The INEC boss expressed readiness to conduct the election peacefully with the cooperation of security agents and other stakeholders

Meanwhile, the INEC Chairman stated that the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the state will end by 5:00 pm on Monday.

According to him, there are 333 registration areas, 3010 polling Units, and 3,765 voting points, while the state has three senatorial districts, nine federal constituencies and 26 state constituencies.

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