- INEC has warned against vote buying during the Osun governorship election, and has vowed to prosecute defaulters
- The commission says it will redesign polling booths in order to discourage vote buying
- INEC also vowed to publish the names of anyone found to be guilty of vote buying or selling
Ahead of the September 22 Osun gubernatorial election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to publish the names of anyone who engages in vote buying.
While speaking on a Channels TV interview on Tuesday, September 4, INEC’s national commissioner of voter education and publicity, Solomon Soyebi, said the electoral body will ensure that such defaulters are prosecuted according to the law.
Legit.ng gathers that Soyebi disclosed that in order to discourage vote-buying during the Osun election, polling booths will be re-designed.
He said: “We are trying to re-engineer our voting cubicle and ballot box in such a way that it becomes difficult to see who a voter votes for. We are going to see the redesigned polling booths in Osun state first.
“We have just 20 days to Osun state election and we are assuring them that anybody who engages in vote buying will get his name published and this time around we won’t be quiet about it."
He urged residents and political parties to desist from vote buying or selling.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission 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. He called on security agencies to step up their efforts in ensuring a smooth process in the 2019 general elections.
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