Tuesday, 28 August 2018


The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, have okayed the plans of the Independent National Electoral Commission to ban voters from using phones inside polling booths.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, had said that the commission was planning to curb vote-buying by preventing voters from using phones inside polling booths so that they would not be able to snap their ballot papers and present same to politicians for payment later.

He said the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had been meeting with heads of security agencies in Abuja while he had also been holding meetings with security agencies in the state on the need to stop all forms of electoral fraud, including vote-buying during the September 22 governorship election.

Omisore said that vote-buying had given Nigeria a bad name and it should not be mentioned among sane politicians, saying it should be stopped.

He said:

“No election is perfect but they are improving every day. So, whatever INEC is doing to prevent people from snapping ballot papers and showing to others for payment is welcome.

“The issue of vote-buying is a big embarrassment and I don’t even like to discuss it. It should not be mentioned; it is an illegality and it should be stopped.” 
The candidate of the Action Democratic Party, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, said voters did not need to snap their ballot papers because that would encourage see-and-buy which he described as the emerging trend of electoral fraud.

The candidate of Providence People’s Congress, Prof Ife Adewumi, said the INEC’s plan should be supported by everyone.

Adewumi said:

“The proposed plan by INEC to disallow voters from taking their mobile phones into polling booths, if corrected and enforced, is a welcome development. It will essentially demonstrate that INEC is willing to be truly independent and ensure a level-playing ground for all parties.”

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