The Chairman , Independent National Electoral Commission , Mahmood Yakubu , on Tuesday said that anyone who engages in ballot box snatching during the rescheduled general elections will be punished according to the law.
He also explained that , contrary to allegations that its National Commissioner , Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu , was arrested and detained by the Department of State Services , none of its personnel has been apprehended by any law enforcement agent.
Yakubu made these clarifications during a press briefing at the Abuja International Conference Centre, venue of the 2019 general elections collation centre, where he stated that “ 95 per cent of the Smart Card Readers have been reconfigured” in preparation for the presidential and National Assembly elections rescheduled for this Saturday .
He said , “ No National Commissioner was arrested by security agencies .
There is none whose residence was ransacked and the National Commissioner in question is in his office as we speak here. ”
When asked to respond to President Buhari ’ s statement that ballot box snatchers would do it at their own expense , the INEC chairman said that violators of electoral law, including ballot box snatchers , would “be punished within the confines of the law. ”