- Senate president Bukola Saraki has advised INEC to render useless the antics of those who intend to buy voters cards
- The Senate president says apart from INEC, other stakeholders must be part of the fight against buying of PVCs, adding that all hands must be on deck
- According to Saraki, buying of permanent voters cards can become the single factor that will decide who becomes victorious in the elections
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has been advised by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, on how to fight against buying of permanent voters cards.
Vanguard reports that Senator Saraki made the advice in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Legit.ng gathers that Saraki said buying of permanent voters cards constitutes a major threat to the successful conduct of the forthcoming general elections, as it can become the single factor to decide who becomes victorious in the elections.
He said: “We have continued to maintain that manipulation of election results does not start and end on Election Day. It starts long before the day and goes on even after the declaration of results.
"That is why we have to continually be vigilant and once we identify any threat to free, fair and transparent conduct of a credible election like the INEC chairman has done, all stakeholders must put heads together to block the loopholes.
“All stakeholders must come up fast with a solution to render useless the antics of those who intend to procure voter’s cards. We all need to put our heads together and I am sure that such a stakeholders’ meeting will not only nip in the bud the looming danger, it will also engender general confidence in the system and create a system in which all stakeholders become problem solvers."
The senator called on INEC to devise an arrangement in which it would constantly consult with stakeholders to identify issues affecting the process and how to find joint solutions to them.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, January 7, raised alarm over new method of vote buying being devised to undermine the voting process.
INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja at the presentation of the voter register for the 2019 general elections to political parties.
Yakubu said that the commission had received credible information that some partisan actors were going round buying up permanent voters cards from voters or financially inducing them to collect the voter identification numbers on their PVCs.
He said: “In some instances, telephone numbers and details of bank accounts of voters have been collected. By collecting the PVCs, their intention may be to deprive the voters of voting since no one can vote without the PVC."
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