Fake ballot papers are for education of public, INEC confirms but warn politicians


Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission has alerted the nation of a wrong move by many politicians to educate voters through illegal printing of fake ballot papers.

The fake and low quality ballot papers had been meant for some localities to receive proper and formal tutoring on how to vote while confronted with the genuine ballot papers.

All the INEC ballot papers are of higher quality with electronic coding

The fake ballots papers had been contracted to be printed by local printers and may have been mistaken for a genuine ballot papers by many mischievous critics, which had made INEC to be weary so that it would not create a state of hot speculation by politicians and members of the public.

INEC has confirmed that many suspects have been arrested relation to the action while proper investigation has been set in motion.

It has been revealed that four of such suspects have been arrested in Yola during the Saturday’s National Assembly election in the state.

Mr Kassim Gaidam, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Gaidam said that three of the suspects were arrested in Guyuk, while the fourth was apprehended in Girei Local Government Area.

“When I was informed that soldiers had arrested some people with ballot papers, I went to the Brigade Commander’s Office to confirm the report.

“I found out that the papers were samples of ballot papers meant for voters’ education. They were printed without the consent of INEC as required by law,” he said.

He added that if the suspects had liaised with INEC before printing the sample, the commission would have given copies of the samples to security agencies for their information.

Gaidam however confirmed that what the suspects did was illegal and that their arrest was in order.

The INEC officer however, said that INEC was willing to collaborate with all stakeholders on voter education,
and advised all political parties to liaise with the commission before printing any sensitive material for any purpose of education of the public or for any relating reason. NAN