September 25, 2023

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ogun State, Mr. Niyi Ijalaye, on Wednesday, held a meeting  with heads of security agencies ahead of the Saturday election.

Ijalaye held the meeting with security chiefs led by the commissioner of Police in the state, Frank Mba, warning that use of mobile phones is banned at polling units in the state.

Ijalaye  said, voters would not be allowed to make calls or take pictures with their phones when they are casting their votes.

Ijalaye gave the warning in Abeokuta while addressing journalists shortly after the meeting.

The REC  declared that, it is a criminal offence for voters to make use of their mobile phones at the polling centre.

He warned voters against using their mobile phones at  the polling booths during the Saturday’s election.

He expressed the readiness of the electoral body to conduct free, fair and credible election with the help of the various security agencies and other stakeholders.

Ijalaye said, “We have been strategising and restrategising on way forward to ensure that elections in Ogun state will be devoid of rancor or violence of any sort whatsoever.

“That is what we have been doing and we want to seize this opportunity to appeal to the good people of Ogun State, the gateway state to endeavor to just come out peacefully on Saturday and exercise their franchise, their civic responsibility to vote for people, candidates and parties of their choice.

He said, “on no account will violence of any sort be tolerated in this state and that is what we have been discussing in the last two, three hours.

“Maybe I need to emphasize this also that on voting day, when people come to the polling booths with their phones, when they approach the polling officer and they want to go in with their phones, they will not be allowed to use their phones to discuss with people or take pictures at that polling point where they will be voting.

“It is an offence, it is a crime and it will not be allowed.

“We appeal to those people who wish to come there with their phones to maybe switch it off for that one or two minutes, so that everybody would be seen to be acting within the law.”

The CP, however, called on security personnel deployed for the election to maintain their political neutrality and provide a level playing ground for all the political parties.

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