Osun 2018: INEC Bans Use of Mobile Phones, Cameras at Polling Units

INEC Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has banned the use of mobile phones, cameras or any recording devices by voters during the Osun elections.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this on Monday at the stakeholders meeting in Osogbo, the state capital ahead of the state governorship election scheduled to hold on September 22, 2018.

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

The INEC boss explained 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.

Professor Yakubu and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris during the meeting, said they were ready for the elections, adding that both the electoral umpire as well as security agencies will do its best to avoid vote buying.

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

According to him, the number of registration areas is 333, polling Units are 3010, and voting points are 3,765.

The state also has three senatorial districts, nine federal constituencies and 26 state constituencies.