INEC clarifies position on the use of phone before Osun State election


inecThe INEC has once again explained its position on the use of phones in the polling units just less than 24 hours to the Osun polls election.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, warned politician against trying to purposely pass wrong information and misleading information to the public.

The INEC representative reiterated that INEC never banned the use of phone totally from the premises of the voting centre. He clarified the information that INEC only wanted voters not to have their phone in their hands and the use of cameras in the polling units.

INEC took this decision to curtail the new method of vote buying as this will prevent voters from taking pictures to show how they vote. The commission also warned politicians against the method of vote buying as they warned that anyone caught would be prosecuted.

He said, “It is important to once again clear the air on some baseless allegations being peddled around by some critical stakeholders, such as the banning of phones and other cameras at the polling unit; giving out of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards to a certain political party; preparing the Smart Card Readers to favour a particular political party; and that INEC will be biased during the election.

“The allegations are not true. They are figments of the imaginations of those that made them, as they have not been able to substantiate them as I speak to you. INEC did not place a ban on phones and other camera devices at the polling units.

“What INEC said is that voters should not carry their phones or other camera devices into the voting cubicles where the voter will mark the ballot to safeguard the secrecy of the ballot.

“Voters are free to come with their phones and other camera devices; what we are saying is that at the cubicle where they will be casting their votes, they can’t be allowed to go in with anything except the voting materials.”

INEC is making this clarification less than 24 hours to the Osun gubernatorial polls. This will be like a test run as INEC are taking measures to curb vote buying in upcoming elections.