[Osun election] INEC clarifies ban on phone usage, warns against vote-buying

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Less than twenty four hours to the governorship election in Osun State, the state Resident Electoral Commission, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, has warned politicians to not misinterpret the commission’s electoral rules for his or her narcissistic aims.

Agbaje was reacting to the allegations that the commission had placed a complete ban on the usage of mobile phones and cameras at polling units.

Speaking on friday at a group discussion at the commission’s workplace in Osogbo, the capital, the REC aforementioned it had been not true that the commission had asked voters to not return to polling units with their phones.

He processed that the commission solely asked voters to not hold their phones within the option cubicle, in a very bid to curb vote-buying, a development that has marred elections within the past.

He said, “It is very important to once again clear the air on some unwarranted allegations being peddled around by some essential stakeholders, like the prohibition of phones and alternative cameras at the polling unit; giving out of uncollected Permanent elector Cards to a particular political party; making ready the positive identification Readers to favour a specific political party; which INEC are biased throughout the election.

“The allegations aren’t true. they’re figments of the imaginations of these that created them, as they need not been able to substantiate them as I speak to you. INEC failed to place a ban on phones and alternative camera devices at the polling units.

“What INEC aforementioned is that electors mustn’t carry their phones or alternative camera devices into the option cubicles wherever the voter can mark the ballot therefore on safeguard the secrecy of the ballot.

“Voters area unit liberated to go with their phones and alternative camera devices; what we have a tendency to area unit expression is that at the cubicle wherever they’re going to be casting their votes, they can’t be allowed to travel in with something except the option materials.”

Agbaje additionally warned politicians and voters against vote-buying, and vote-selling, expression the commission was able to unleash the total wrath of the law on anyone found doing therefore.