INEC bans mobile phones, cameras at polling booths.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that cameras and other recording devices will not be allowed into polling booths during Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.

Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known in Osogbo on Monday at an interactive session with stakeholders.

He said the move would curb the acts of vote-buying and vote-selling which had become a new strategy adopted by politicians to rig elections.

He said 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.

Yakubu also said the commission had achieved 73 per cent collection of Permanent Voter Cards by eligible voters in preparation for the governorship election slated for September 22.

He said Osun State has set a record of having 48 political parties participating in the election, the highest so far in Nigeria.

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