INEC bars cameras inside polling booths

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said voters won’t be permitted to go inside polling votes with their phones, cameras and whatever other gadget that can take pictures.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Monday in Osogbo at the stakeholders forum organized ahead of Saturday election.

The INEC chairman said this would control the issue of vote-buying and vote-selling which he depicted as another system adopted by politicians to rig election.

He said voters would not be banished from using their gadgets at the surveying units yet would not be permitted to hold their cameras and phones from the minute they were issued with poll papers until the point when they cast their stamped ballots inside the ballot stations.

He said the choice was achieved in view of the caution raised by partners that legislators had received ‘see and purchase’ as another apparatus strategy.

He, nonetheless, said this would be kept from occurring amid the governorship survey in Osun State.

Yakubu stated, “I wish to now swing to the troubling issue of vote-buying. Throughout the years, the Commission has found a way to enhance our constituent procedure. Today, acts of neglect, for example, polling station grabbing and stuffing, numerous voting, redirection of decision materials, seizing of race staff, misrepresentation of results and sundry infringement of the discretionary law have been significantly tended to.

“Votes currently count and consequently, the voter has turned into the new focus of the individuals who are resolved to keep on subverting the constituent procedure. The danger of vote-purchasing and offering on race day is the most recent test to our discretionary majority rules system. We wish to guarantee Nigerians that the commission will adapt to present circumstances also.

“Our quick reaction is to survey the organization of our surveying units to make it troublesome for voters to uncover their checked poll papers between the voting work spaces where they vote in mystery and the voting booth where they cast their votes.

“We are working with the law implementation offices for an answer for this baldfaced infringement of a few arrangements of the Electoral Act. We have additionally counseled broadly with partners on how best to address this issue. It was amid one of such consultative gatherings here in Osun State that they attracted the commission’s regard for the utilization of cell phones by a few voters to take photos of their checked vote papers in the voting desk areas and later present it to vote purchasers as a proof for installment.

“This is especially a troublesome test to deal with for the basic reason that the commission has reliably urged nationals to report infringement on decision day to our circumstance space for which they may require their telephones.

“Consequently, we have presented various stages through which we can be achieved ongoing, including a sans toll INEC Citizens Contact Center, phone lines notwithstanding our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Along these lines, it is counterproductive for the commission to present a clear prohibition on the utilization of cell phones and other photographic gadgets at surveying units on race day.

“What we have done is to avoid the utilization of such gadgets by certify voters from the time they gather their tally papers, check them in the voting desk areas and drop in the polling booth. In making this illumination, we wish to speak to voters to tolerate these short burdens for the general validity of our races.”

He said the commission had no enthusiasm for any of the 48 governorship applicants going into the survey, focusing on that the INEC would not successfully put any of the gatherings in a profitable position against others.

“Our definitive target is to guarantee that the decision of who turns into the following legislative head of Osun State is altogether in the hands of the voters. Votes will check and just the decision made by the general population of Osun State and nothing else will decide the result of the race.

He additionally guaranteed that race materials and authorities would touch base at different surveying units before 8 am the point at which the race would begin.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim, cautioned legislators against any demonstration that could trigger brutality, saying anyone got would be arraigned. He particularly cautioned against loathe discourse, amassing of arms and provocative articulations.

The IGP stated, “Courses of action have been finished up to convey more than 18,426 police faculty including regular and PMF units, Intelligence and specialized groups to give security. This number avoids the help administrations to be given by other security work force from the military, the Immigration Service, the jails, the Customs and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to supplement the endeavors of the police.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, additionally engaged legislators against furnishing the adolescents and prompting them to savagery.

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