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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Snatching Of Ballot Box In 2015 Will Be Impossible, Says Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday, said ballot box snatching would not be possible in the 2015 general elections.

Jega made this known while speaking at the closing ceremony of a four-day retreat for INEC’s commissioners in Kaduna, he therefore urged any politician thinking of engaging in such acts to forget it.

He said “The new system of digitalised electoral procedure has made it impossible for carrying ballot box from one polling station to another, because henceforth every polling booth will have a specialised digital number and all voting cards for that particular station will carry the digital number.

“When you register in polling booth ‘A’, your registration number is one, everybody that registered there will carry number one, which means that polling unit is ‘A1’. If your polling unit is ‘B’ you have ‘B1/1-500.’ If your voting card is registered under ‘B’ unit and it finds its way into ‘A’ unit box, that vote automatically becomes invalid.

“It pays for people contesting election to ensure that they play by the rules of the game, because when you snatch ballot box from one polling unit to another, you stand the chance of losing the votes count as they will all be declared invalid.

“With this new system and other initiatives put in place by the commission, 2015 will witness a hitch-free election, even though I cannot assure you of absolute perfection as we are learning day by day.”

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