How to safeguard ballot paper, by Aregbesola

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Aug 5th, 2014
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Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola yesterday gave tips to prospective voters on how to safeguard their ballot during Saturday’s governorship election.

Aregbesola, who is seeking reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), told the teeming supporters at the mega rally in Osogbo that the tips were necessary because “what they did in Ekiti State has been discovered”.

He gave the tips as follows:

·Voters should ensure that the ink on their thumb is not excessive. If excessive, it should be allowed to dry a little before it is placed on the ballot paper. After thumb printing, allow the ballot paper to dry a little before dropping it into the ballot.

·Voters should write down the serial number on their ballot papers. Also, voters should, using their mobile phones, take pictures of their ballot papers before and after thumb printing on it. If a voter does not have a camera phone, he should seek the assistance of another person with a camera phone to snap the ballot paper.

·Before thumb printing ballot papers, voters should count three boxes above the APC logo and then fold along the line, pressing it thoroughly until the line forms a fold.

·Also, count three boxes below the APC logo and fold the ballot paper along the line until it forms a fold. Once this is done, the ballot paper would have folded perfectly and then the APC logo will be facing up, alone. Then thumb print on the APC logo and allow it to dry a little before dropping it into the ballot box. This will ensure that the ink does not smear the ballot paper or spill into another party’s logo.


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