- Mustapha Lecky, south south INEC commissioner, said measures have been put in place to make it difficult for political parties and their candidates to buy votes
- He urged the media to expose political parties found engaging in vote buying during the election
- Lecky, however, disclosed that the commission would create additional polling units
Mustapha Lecky, the south south commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, August 27, the commission would redesign the structures of all polling units to curb vote buying during the 2019 general elections.
Lecky disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Auchi, in Etsako west local government area of Edo state.
According to him, “We are taking measures to ensure that it would be difficult for political parties and their candidates to buy votes.
“We are going to re-design our polling area in such a way that people cannot exhibit their ballot and show it to people in order to collect money. So those kinds of structural re-design of the polling area is what we are going to do.”
Lecky urged the media to expose political parties and candidates found engaging in vote buying during the election, to enable INEC to prosecute the culprits.
He added: “We need the media to help us reveal those who are buying votes and call them to order. We are not yet apprehending them, that is the work of the police, but we can provide information to prosecute them; the needed investigation will be done by the police.”
On the establishment of more polling units, Lecky said the INEC would create additional polling units after the elections as doing so now would be misinterpreted by politicians.
He said, however, that the commission would decongest polling units and create voting points close to the original polling unit.
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Lecky said: “Unfortunately, we are not going to create them before the 2019 election because it is very political.
“Even before we start to gather information so that we can take a decision, people are already saying that INEC has created 30,000 polling units and distributed some to some parts of the country to the detriment of other parts of the country, so it becomes very political.
“We don’t want to have that as part of our burden ahead of 2019 election. I am sure that after the 2019 elections, there will be sanity, we will then take time to study all the things we have collated and go about the issue of creating more polling units, but not before 2019 election.
“We can decongest a polling unit and create a voting point not far away from the mother polling units, that is much we can do, but actual polling unit would be after the election.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that National Assembly joint committee on the INEC would be meetting today, Monday, August 27, to consider two budget proposals budget for 2019 general elections.
The committee made this known in a statement through its chairman, Senator Suleiman Nazif.
The budget proposals include the N143 billion that President Buhari requested for in a letter sent to the National Assembly and the N189 billion that INEC also asked for.
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