The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that it would deliver a credible poll come 2019.
Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the commission will not fail Nigerians in the 2019 general election.
Yakubu said this at the 6th anniversary lecture and investiture into the Realnews hall of fame held in Lagos on Thursday.
He said the commission is not unaware of the “tough task” ahead but determined to leave no stone unturned to conduct free, fair and credible elections.
He said INEC was deeply committed to democratic elections that would “contribute to political stability and consolidation of democracy which would propel the nation to greater economic prosperity”.
“It is true that political stability is a prerequisite for economic growth and development. It is also true that no economy flourishes in a situation of uncertainty,” he said.
“Nations cannot develop if they are unstable. We have seen nations and cities destroyed by unacceptable electoral outcomes.
“Democratic transition through periodic and credible elections is the best way to ensure certainty that will guarantee and sustain political stability.
“We will never ever fail the nation. Our commitment is that we will never give Nigerians excuses.The commission has embarked on diligent preparations to ensure that the 2019 general elections is credible and meets the goals of election integrity.”
The INEC chairman called on all stakeholders to play their roles in achieving a transparent and inclusive electoral process.
According to him, the commission has harmonised accreditation and voting, carried out greater engagement, installation of trackers, enhancement of smart card readers and improved logistics.
“We are working to ensure optimal performance of the smart card readers,” he said.
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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday cautioned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu not to “succumb to pressure to manipulate the electoral process for President Buhari as such could cause serious crisis capable of disarticulating our nation”.
PDP’s fresh caution to the INEC Chairman was predicated on an alleged secret meeting he had with President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, at the Presidential villa last Friday.Ina statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party also cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against allowing his “personal ambition to push the nation into chaos.”
The statement read further, “Prof. Yakubu should note that the polity is already tensed over INEC’s listing of President Buhari for election despite his failure to presen.the constitutionally required academic credentials like other candidates.
This development casts a dark shadow on the credibility of INEC to conduct a transparent election.The party warned that “Buhari’s handlers, who are desperate to force him on an unwilling nation, are fast pushing the nation to the brinks and should be checked before it is too late.”
“INEC is invited to further note that Nigerians are aware that by President Buhari’s declaration, in an affidavit, that his said certificates are with the military, his nomination documentation is therefore constitutionally incomplete, making him ineligibile to contest the 2019 Presidential elections.
“Also, by failing to write to the military authorities to release his claimed certificates, Mr. President leaves Nigerians with no option than to hold that he does not have the credentials and the 1999 Constitution
(as amended) did not provide that affidavits can be used as a substitute for any candidate’s credentials.
“Moreover, Mr. President’s affidavit also shows that he did not submit any certificate in 2015, making his candidacy for that election improper and defective under our laws.“Prof. Yakubu must have noted the heavy public criticisms that have been trailing his provocative declaration that Nigerians should go to court
over the certificate saga. His statement betrays an electoral umpire who is under threats and heavy pressure to abdicate his statutory duty of enforcing constitutional requirements for elections.“We hold that allowing such siege mentality on our democratic institutions to fester will surely spell doom for our nation. Nigeria is our country and we don’t have any other nation we can call our own.
“Now that Nigerians have rejected President Buhari’s affidavit and insisted on his certificates, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is left with no option than to accept its self-inflicted misfortune.“Meanwhile, we are not unaware of the anxiety and apprehension in the APC but such is the price of being stuck with bad merchandise.
“On our part, the PDP is ready for election. Our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, with his proven competencies, has met all the requirements for the election and is now enjoying the support of the overwhelming majority of Nigerians across all sections of our country.“Nigerians are tired of a deceptive, dishonest and grossly incompetent Buhari administration, which has brought so much anguish and pain to our nation.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has ruled out the possibility of implementing all the provisions of the amended Electoral Act, if given Presidential assent, particularly as they relate to electronic voting.
“We have gone really far with this. If tomorrow the bill is assented to, there are provisions that we can immediately implement but there are provisions that we cannot implement simply because of time. For instance, full blown electronic voting. It is impossible within the time-frame available which is 112 days.
“We have been working closely with the National Assembly and many of the new provisions passed in the bill were actually based on our recommendations. We prepared ourselves in such a way that in case some of the provisions become law, we would have no difficulty in implementing them,” said INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
He said only 79 out of the 89 political parties participating in the elections had presidential candidates. Nigeria currently has 91 registered political parties.
Prof. Yakubu who announced this while giving an update on the nationwide ongoing publication of details of candidates for the next general elections, noted that while 1,803 candidates would vie for the 109 seats in the Senate, 4, 548 would be vying for the 360 House of Representatives seats.
According to him, the commission would between 6th and 12th November, publish the National Register of Voters nationwide to allow Nigerians file claims and objections in line with Section 20 of the Electoral Act as amended.
2019: INEC clears Al-Mustapha to run for president
The Independent National Electoral Commission has cleared Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former chief security adviser to the late dictator, Sani Abacha, to run for president on the platform of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).
Mr Al-Mustapha, who retired as a major from the Nigerian Army, is remembered for his unsavoury role in the dark days of the Sani Abacha regime.
He was detained for several years while undergoing trial for the gruesome murder of Kudirat Abiola, the wife of the equally murdered winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections, Moshood Abiola.
He was subsequently discharged by the court after the prosecution reportedly failed to prove the murder case against him, contrary to the nationwide sentiment of his culpability.
He participated in the primaries of the PPN earlier in October where he emerged winner and presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
He hails from Nguru, in Yobe State and is 58 years old. INEC’s clearance of Mr Al-Mustapha was made on October 18 and has been pasted alongside others in its state secretariats nationwide.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari. The meeting was held behind closed doors inside Kyari’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. The agenda of the meeting was not made public.
Yakubu did not speak with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. The Presidency also has yet to issue a statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report. The meeting was however held barely 24 hours after the electoral commission published the names of presidential candidates contesting the 2019 election and their details.
President Muhammadu Buhari will be seeking a second term on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress. The President, a former military ruler, had claimed in his details published by INEC that his credentials were with the Secretary of the Military Board.
Since the claim was made public, it has been generating controversy the same way it did when Buhari made the same claim ahead of the 2015 presidential election which he won. Some of his supporters had at the time said even if he presented “NEPA bill” in lieu of credentials, they would still vote for him against the then President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Jonathan lost that election to Buhari. But in the 2019 election, Buhari’s main challenger is former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.
INEC Chairman Reacts To Buhari’s WAEC Certificate Saga
The chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has advised Nigerian to take legal actions against any candidate whose qualification for 2019 general election is in doubt. Mahmood stated this few hours after INEC released credentials of presidential aspirants in the 2019 election.
While Donald Duke (SDP) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP) had submitted their educational credentials to INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari – in an affidavit – told the electoral umpire that his academic documents are in custody of the Secretary of the Military Board.
Buhari’s declaration sparked outrage amongst Nigerian who wondered why the President had not requested for his credentials over three years in office.
But, addressing journalists at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Friday, October 26, 2018, Mahmood noted that Nigerians wishing to file legal actions against any candidate can before it is too late.
“Any person with reasonable ground to believe that any information on form CF001 submitted by a candidate contains incorrect or false claims is at liberty to file an action against such candidate at the federal high court or the high court of a state or FCT,” the INEC chairman said.
“While the current exercise is limited to candidates for presidential and national assembly elections, the personal particulars of those contesting in governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections will be published on November 9, 2018, one week after the close of submission of nominations by political parties,” he added.
The INEC chairman urged Nigerians to verify details of those seeking to represent them at various elective positions.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the arrest warrant issued by an Abuja Federal High Court against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Eguebego’s contempt suit was predicated on the allegation that the INEC chairman had refused to honour a judgment of the Supreme Court delivered in December 2014, which directed INEC to recognise him as the chairman of the PDP in Anambra State.
Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court had, on August 1, 2018, ordered the Police to arrest Yakubu for allegedly refusing, on three occasions, to honour the court’s summons to face a contempt charge instituted against him by an acclaimed chairman of the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ejike Oguebego.
But a five-man panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Abdu Aboki, has unanimously set aside the arrest warrant on the grounds that the INEC chairman was denied fair hearing in the proceedings leading to the issuance of the arrest warrant.
The Court of Appeal also ordered that the case file be taken away from the judge who issued the arrest warrant and be re-assigned to another judge of the court who would start the matter afresh.
Before the issuance of the arrest warrant on August 1, 2018, the Federal High Court had, in its ruling of July 5, 2018, ordered the INEC chairman to appear in court to answer to the contempt suit.
Subsequently, the Federal High Court, on August 1, 2018, ordered the Police to arrest him for his alleged continued refusal to honour the court’s summons.
But Yakubu had, through his lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), appealed before the Court of Appeal to challenge the arrest warrant and the Federal High Court’s summons leading to the issuance of the order of arrest.
The Court of Appeal had delivered its judgment on October 11, 2018, setting aside the entire committal proceedings before Justice Pam at the Federal High Court.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have insisted that the All Progressive Congress, APC will not be allowed to field any candidate for the gubernatorial election in Zamfara.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this on the sideline of the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled, “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region” yesterday in Abuja.
According to him, ‘’We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” re-emphasising that the deadline for submission of party candidates’ name to the commission is October 18. He promised to give a full report on that after November 18. But the APC countered INEC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Isa-Onilu, last night, saying it would submit the list of its candidate for the state.
INEC had informed the ruling APC in a leaked memo that it would not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections. The commission’s acting Secretary, Mr. Okechukwe Ndeche, in a letter to the APC had said that the party was barred from fielding candidates for governorship, National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly elections for failing to comply with Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.
Parties, according to the act, were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC, which says that the conduct of primaries must be held between August 18 and October 7. INEC said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.” The APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, later responded to INEC in a statement, saying that the party had already arrived at a consensus before the deadline. Oshiomhole said that following the high level of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the electoral act and the constitution of our party,” he said, adding, “This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).”
He said the claim by INEC that no primaries were conducted could only be referring to its officials’ observation that actual voting did not take place. The APC chairman said conduct of primaries was not the only mode prescribed for producing candidates in the electoral act, 2010 (as amended). Last night, the party restated its position, insisting that it would field candidates for all position in Zamfara state in the 2019 general elections.
Isa-Onilu told THISDAY that the party would meet all requirements for submission of candidates for the state.
When his attention was drawn to the fact that the party seemed not to have officially approved candidates in the state yet, the spokesman said, “INEC cannot say that we don’t have candidates for election until the deadline has expired.
“We have options of consensus, direct and indirect primaries and we are going to apply like we have done in other states, our energies, time and concerns to pick our candidates.
“I can assure you that before the October 18 deadline, we are going to meet all INEC requirements and we are going to submit names of all the candidates for not only Zamfara State but all the 36 states and the FCT.”
The party spokesman also dismissed the suggestion that APC might sue INEC, saying, “It is not yet something for the party to take legal action, nothing calls for that. We would not be reacting to what INEC said in the public.”
He explained that after the party got a letter from the INEC, it replied it but was yet to receive a reply from the commission. He said, “We are on the side of the law, we had a primary in Zamfara State. We are operating within the guidelines of INEC and the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria. We believe that INEC does not have the correct information on what happened in Zamfara and this we have stated in our letter to the commission. They haven’t replied our letter so we take it that the matter remained as it is. We also ask INEC that if they need more information from us, that we will be ready to offer it.”
He said that APC regarded INEC as an umpire and it was only other parties in coming elections that needed to complain about how its candidates emerged.
“As an umpire you don’t give the result of a game that is ongoing. We still have up till October 18th to submit list of candidates for the election,” he said.
Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged INEC not to change its statute-backed stand on the exclusion of Zamfara State chapter of APC from presenting candidates in the 2019 general elections, following its failure to conduct congresses. The PDP also cautioned the commission that Nigerians were already aware of the pressure from the Muhammadu Buhari presidency to return Amina Zakari, ‘’a blood relation’’ of the president, as head of operations, so that it could use her to manipulate the electoral processes and rig the election for the president in 2019.
“While the PDP notes the redeployment of Amina Zakari to another directorate, the party nevertheless, reaffirms its position that her continuous stay in the commission constitutes a threat to free, fair and credible 2019 general elections, given her relationship with President Buhari, who is a major contender in the election”, the PDP stated in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan.
It added, “Amina Zakari’s removal as Director of Operations has been hailed by majority of Nigerians, a fact, which shows that voters had already lost confidence in her integrity to hold such a sensitive position, for which they prefer her outright removal from the commission. The cases of Amina Zakari and Zamfara APC constitute another direct integrity test for Prof. Yakubu on his capacity, integrity and readiness for free, fair and credible general elections in 2019.”
Ologbondiyan said Nigerians were also already abreast of the provisions of the law leading to the exclusion of Zamfara State APC chapter from presenting candidates for the elections and cautioned INEC against any contemplations to change the rules for the APC.
The PDP, therefore, charged Yakubu to ensure that he remains on the side of the people and take urgent steps to weed the commission of compromised officials, as Nigerians will accept nothing short of a transparent process in their quest for a replacement for the reckless, vindictive, incompetent and anti-people Buhari-led APC administration.
PDP Asks CJN to Protect Judiciary over EO6
In a related development, the PDP called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to immediately protect the judiciary from the ‘’unconstitutional, repressive and fascist’’ policies being allegedly foisted on the system by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency.
Ologbondiyan, in another statement yesterday in Abuja said that Executive Order 6, as well as the travel ban and trailing of citizens, were devised to directly interfere in judicial processes and stifle accused persons of resources, under the guise of speedy trial, saying it has left no one in doubt that the nation is fast sliding into fascism.
The opposition party added that the Buhari presidency had commenced an attack on the independence of the judiciary, using the instrument of blackmail and casting of aspersion on its integrity and capacity to effectively and timeously dispense justice.
The PDP stressed that the travel ban, trailing of citizens and attempt to regulate the processes of the court were, therefore, an attempt to short-circuit the constitutional powers of the judiciary and foist a fascist regime, where the presidency becomes the investigator, prosecutor and the judge in determination of trumped-up charges against innocent Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan stated, “In trying to use his Executive Order 6 to determine the process, procedures and progression of cases in court, the Buhari Presidency directly seeks to usurp, commandeer and appropriate the constitutional powers of the judiciary and then arm-twist the courts and use them as slaughterhouses for opposition members and perceived political opponents.’’
The PDP called on Nigerians to note that the action of the Buhari Presidency was a direct attempt to suspend sections 6 (6)(b), 36 (5), (6)(d) and 37 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Ologbondiyan noted that while section 6 (6)(b) provides that judicial powers of the court shall ‘extend to all matters between persons, or between government or authority and to any person in Nigeria, and to all actions and proceedings relating thereto, for the determination of any question as to the civil rights and obligations of that person.”He added that Section 36 (6) (d) provides that, “every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be entitled to be given adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence.’’
The PDP stated categorically that it rejects any attempt by this administration to return our country to pre-1984 military dictatorship, where siege mentality and suppression of rights of citizens was the rule rather than the exception. The party urged the judiciary, as the last hope of the common man, to immediately insulate itself from the evil machination of the APC, which it said is now trying to turn the judiciary into an instrument of oppression against Nigerians.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it stands by its statement that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not field candidates for the 2019 general elections in Zamafa.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this on the sideline of the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region” on Monday in Abuja.
“We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” he said.
Yakubu re-emphasised that the deadline for submission of party candidates’ name to the commission was Oct 18, saying that it would give a full report on that after Nov. 18.
INEC had informed the ruling APC in a leaked memo that it would not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 elections.
The commission’s acting Secretary, Okechukwe Ndeche, in a letter to the APC said that the party was barred from fielding candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections.
The commission said this was because APC failed to comply with Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.
Parties, according to the act, were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC, which says that the conduct of primaries must be held between Aug. 18 and Oct. 7.
INEC said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.”
The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, later responded to INEC in a statement and said that the party had already arrived at a consensus before the deadline.
Oshiomhole said that following the high level of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the electoral act and the constitution of our party.
“This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended),”he said.
He said that the claim by INEC that no primaries were conducted could only be referring to its officials’ observation that actual voting did not take place.
The APC chairman said that conduct of primaries was not the only mode prescribed for producing candidates in the electoral act, 2010 (as amended).
“We, therefore, affirm that indeed, primaries took place in Zamfara State,” Oshiomhole said.
The party chairman also noted that PDP had similar issues in Kano State and wondered why INEC did not bar the opposition party from fielding candidates.
Yakubu further said that the commission would by the end of November print the outstanding Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“We have printed the PVCs for those who registered in the first quarter of 2018. We are right now simultaneously printing for those who registered in the second and third quarters.
“We are looking at the end of November for all the PVCs to be printed including request for transfer and relocation.
“Let me just repeat the assurance that every citizen that registered and who have applied for transfer or replacement will get his or her PVC before 2019 general elections.”
He, however, said that the commission had stopped every registration, request for transfer and replacement of damaged PVCs.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised parties and their candidates to adhere to electoral timetable on commencement of election campaigns ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the advice in at the Workshop for election professionals from the Commonwealth Africa Region on Monday in Abuja.
Yakubu reminded remind political parties and candidates that the end of primaries did not mean the immediate commencement of campaigns.
“Section 99(1) prohibits campaigns by political parties earlier than 90 days before polling day.
“Therefore, going by the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission, campaign for Presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on Nov. 18.
“Campaign for Governorship and State Assembly elections begin on Dec. 1.
“I call upon political parties and candidates to strictly adhere to these dates,’’ he said
Yakubu said that with the conclusion of primaries by political parties yesterday, the next activity was the commencement of the process of nomination of candidates to the commission.
He reminded political parties that the dates for the submission of list of candidates (Form CFOO2) and their personal particulars (Forms C1001) for presidential and National Assembly elections were from Oct 10 to Oct.18.
Yakubu added that the date for the governorship and State Assembly elections was Oct. 22 and Nov. 2.
“The commission will receive the submission from political parties at Aso Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from 9.a.m to 4.p.m. daily.
“Although we have communicated these dates to all political parties, let me reiterate that there will be no extension of time.
“Similarly, in making submissions to the commission, the covering letters as well as the list of candidates must be duly signed by the National Chairmen and National Secretaries of political patties in line with the commission’s Guidelines.’’
Yakubu said that the workshop and its theme “Strengthening Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth African Region” were topical and relevant.
He said that all the countries of the Commonwealth, Africa region, needed to further consolidate on election process so that elections were not merely periodic but also peaceful and credible.
“Bringing election managers together to share experiences and build capacities is a critical step to the consolidation of electoral democracy.’’
Yakubu said that participants would be taken through five interrelated sub-themes; ranging from the promotion of sustainable electoral democracy, strategic planning, gender and elections, electoral technology to elections and new media.
He said that hosting it in Nigeria was an indication that the Commonwealth was taking notice of the progressive improvement in the country electoral process.
The workshop participants are from all the 19 Commonwealth countries in Africa except Mozambique which is scheduled to hold its Municipal elections on Oct. 10.
Ghana National Electoral Commission’s Chairman, AbdulRasheed Bawa in his remark, said that the conduct of elections would always bring out new challenges.
He said that the workshop would enable electoral officers in the region to proffer solutions to their various electoral challenges.
Bawa urged all electoral managers to be resolute in the discharge of their national duties, adding that the impact of poorly conducted election would not be felt in the country where it took place.
INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye said the event came at a period when INEC was at the middle of organising general elections.
Okoye said the gathering comprised those that organised elections in their respective countries.
He added that looking at challenges and sharing ideas in the Commonwealth African countries would give the commission firsthand knowledge on how things were been done.
“If election professionals do their work well, elections will begin to have credibility,” he said.
Former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, are currently meeting with Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ahead of the re-run election in Osun State, scheduled for Thursday.
The meeting is holding behind closed-doors, at Enugu Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
Details of the meeting were still sketchy as at the time of this report.
Recall, that on Sunday, INEC had declared the Osun State Governorship election inconclusive.
In recent years, Abdulsalam has earned a reputation for stepping in when results of elections tend to portend negative consequences for peace and stability in the country.
In 2015, the Peace Committee which he headed, prevailed on former President, Goodluck Jonathan, to concede defeat in the Presidential election, before the official announcement of the results by INEC.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has stated that voters will not be allowed to go inside polling booths with their telephones, cameras, and any other devices that can record images.
He revealed this on Monday, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, at the Stakeholders Forum, organised ahead of Saturday’s Governorship election in the State.
The INEC Chairman, noted that this would help to curb the issue of vote-buying and vote-selling, which he described as a new strategy adopted by Politicians to rig elections.
He states that voters would not be barred from using their devices at the polling units, but would not be allowed to hold their cameras and telephones from the moment they are issued with ballot papers, until they cast their marked ballots inside the ballot boxes.