PDP flays INEC for banning smartphones at polling units

The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to ban the use of smartphones at polling units.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, accused INEC of a covert move to prevent the international community from knowing its plot to rig the 2019 general elections.

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Secondus as making the comment during a meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa East Senatorial District in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

Secondus said that it was quite puzzling that the commission would attempt to prevent the use of smartphones, which he described as the easiest means of communication in the society, during elections.

He stressed that the decision to ban the use of smartphones was the strategy of INEC and the All Progressives Congress to rig the 2019 polls.

Secondus argued that the commission by that singular act had sent the country to the dark, primitive era.

meanwhile the Independent National Electoral Commission said it was not banning the use of smartphone around the polling unit areas, but the moment a prospective voter entered voting cubicle to cast his or her vote.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, made the declaration on Wednesday in Abuja.

He stated this while reacting to the statement issued by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, condemning the decision of INEC to ban the use of smartphones at polling booths.

Oyekanmi said that Nigerians were fully aware of the challenge of vote-buying and selling that reared its ugly head in recent elections.

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