- National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to do everything to stop votes buying
- The electoral umpire stated that the trend of vote buying is threatening the credibility of elections
- INEC also called on security agencies to step up their efforts in ensuring a smooth process in the 2019 general elections
The era of votes buying will come to an end as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) promised do everything it can to prevent buying of votes and other forms of electoral malpractices during the 2019 general election.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, stated that the trend of vote buying is threatening the credibility of elections.
The INEC boss called on security agencies to step up their efforts in ensuring a smooth process in the 2019 general elections.
Mahmood said officers should be deployed to every polling unit across the country to arrest anyone who attempts to engage in the act.
However, Mustapha Lecky, the south south commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the commission would redesign the structures of all polling units to curb vote buying during the 2019 general election.
Lecky disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Auchi, in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, on Monday.
“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 kind of structural re-design of the polling area is what we are going to do,” he said.
Lecky urged the media to expose political parties and candidates found engaging in vote buying during the election, to enable INEC prosecute the culprits.
“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,” he said funds to run,” he said.
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Meanwile, Legit.ng had reported that some leaders in Nigeria have called for the removal of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
The leaders under the aegis of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum said they fear that INEC may not deliver free and fair elections in 2019.
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