- Ahead of the 2019 general election, the National Orientation Agency has warned Nigerians against vote buying
- The agency said the buying and selling of votes amount to selling ones rights
- NOA said the agency embarked on such sensitisation to ensure that the electorates vote wisely during the elections
Charles Nworji, Anambra director of the National Orientation Agency has reiterated the agency’s commitment to stop vote buying during elections.
Nworji said the agency has engaged in aggressive sensitisation aimed at eliminating vote buying and selling among politicians and electorates.
He said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Monday, February 4, that buying and selling of vote amount to selling ones rights.
Nworji said that the agency embarked on such sensitisation to ensure that the electorates vote wisely during the elections.
He urged traditional rulers, religious leaders and town union executives to also engage in the campaign to ensure that the electorates were not disenfranchised.
Nworji said that NOA is working with civil society groups, political parties, paramilitary agencies, women groups and other stakeholders to take the campaign against vote buying to the grassroots.
The director also said that NOA was also sensitising parents and guardians to shield their children against any form of electoral malpractice and violence, warning that anyone caught would be prosecuted.
“We are not going to sleep until the electorates gets it right,” he said.
He added that vote buying is a crime, and urged the people to report anyone engaged in the act to security agencies.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that INEC said those planning to buy votes would be shocked on election day as it has put in place measures to check the act.
INEC’s national commissioner and chairman for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, speaking on Sunday night, February 3, during an interactive session with the media, noted that commission would not disclose the fresh strategies it has adopted for the coming general elections.
The official disclosed that the commission would not collate and transmit the results of the elections electronically, saying such measure does not have a place in the nation’s electoral law.
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