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2019 elections: No foreign intervention in Nigeria’s elections – INEC chair

Bimbo Sowande

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has denied rumoured foreign interference in the conduct of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria.

He said he was not aware if there was any foreign interference in the electoral process in the country as Nigerians go into choosing a new leader for the country.

Prof. Yakubu also said that there was no truth in news making the rounds that three Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) were being redeployed especially REC Mike Igini from Akwa Ibom State.

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The INEC chairman said these, on Thursday, while briefing newsmen at the International Conference Centre, in the nation’s capital.

He also denied that there were plans to postpone the Saturday, February 23 elections in three states of the country. Prof. Yakubu also cleared the air on the use of mobile telephone by the electorate on election days. According to him, he said that voters could only take their sets to the polling centres but would not be allowed to phones to the polling boots where they would actually cast their ballots.

He also explained that only the police that would be actively involved in the monitoring of the election process and that the military could only come in only when they were so requested to.