INEC Refutes Story Of Sales Of Ballot Papers
Contrary to the stories making rounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was selling Ballot papers, more clarification has been given on the issues. As INEC on Thursday, said what it sold in its Cross River office were obsolete materials and not ballot papers.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr Frankland Briyai, explained this much to newsmen in Calabar.
Briyal stated that the disposed materials did not include any ballot paper.
According to him, the truck was stopped at a security check point in Ogoja area, and checks on it revealed that the truck had obsolete INEC materials, and some 2015 ballot papers.
The REC said the security officials raised alarm immediately, he further emphasized that the commission would investigate the matter and prosecute those involved in it.
“The commission does not sell ballot papers even if they are old.
“I had a call from some security operatives that they impounded a truck at Ogoja with some useless papers and 2015 ballot papers.
“First, I asked the lady in charge of ballot if she knew anything about ballot papers going out and she said `no’.
“I have notified the security agencies, including the police and Department of State Security (DSS). I don’t know what they will find out.
“I have also alerted my headquarters,” he said
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