Accordingly, the commission has banned collation officers from making or receiving telephone calls in the line of duty.
INEC said: “In order to remain focused on their assignment, collation officers are not allowed to make or receive telephone calls during collation.’’
One of the contentious issues in the aftermath of September 22, 2018, governorship election in Osun State was the decision of the Chief Returning Officer to pick call in the middle of the declaration of results, an action viewed by many partisans as having influenced the final declaration of results.
The commission also banned public officers from standing as polling agents for political parties, except where the officer had resigned at least 90 days before the polls.
INEC stated further: “No person shall be qualified to be appointed or serve as a polling agent of any political party if, being a person employed in the public service of the Federation or of any state or local government/area council, he/she has not resigned or withdrawn or retired from such employment at least 90 days before the date of the election.
“Where a voter’s PVC is read but his/her fingerprint is not authenticated, the APO I shall refer the voter to APO II who shall request the voter to thumbprint the appropriate box in the Register of Voters; request the voter to provide his/her phone number in appropriate box in the Register of Voters; continue with the accreditation of the voter; and refer the voter to the PO or APO (VP) for issuance of ballot paper(s).
“Where a voter’s PVC is read but the name of the voter is not on the Register of Voters, APO II shall refer the voter to the PO or APO (VP) who shall politely request the voter to leave the Polling Unit.
“Where a voter’s PVC is read and the SCR shows the details of another person, rather than the details of the cardholder as printed on the PVC, the APO I shall: Refer the voter to APO II to confirm that the details of the voter in the Register of Voters correspond to those on the PVC; APO II if satisfied that the holder of the card is on the Register of Voters, shall record the phone number of the voter in the appropriate box on the Register of Voters; and Proceed with the accreditation of the voter.”
“In all cases from 11(b) to 11(e) the Presiding Officer shall fill the appropriate forms in the PU booklet and make a report. Affected voters in 11(b) and 11(e) qualify to be issued ballot papers after consultation with Polling Agents.
“Where the Permanent Voters’ Card, PVC, presented by the voter is not for the Polling Unit, the APO I shall politely inform the voter and advise him/her to proceed to the appropriate Polling Unit.”
“Any person who presents the PVC of another person with an intention to use it to vote, shall not be allowed to vote and may be liable to arrest and prosecution.
“In the event of sustained malfunction of the Smart Card Reader (SCR), the Presiding Officer (PO) shall immediately inform the Supervisory Presiding Officer