- INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has blamed politicians for the malpractices and violence that characterized the 2019 general elections
- Yakubu explained that various methods were devised by politicians and their agents to compromise the electoral process
- The INEC boss said politicians compromised security agents, bought agents of other political parties, bought PVC’s and even compromised traditional and religious leaders
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has blamed politicians for the malpractices and violence that characterized the 2019 general elections.
Yakubu said this in Abuja at the Forum of Anti-corruption Situation Room organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) which held on Wednesday, April 10, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that in his keynote address, Yakubu, who was represented by the INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education, Festus Okoye, said vote-buying and selling have become a source of great worry to the commission, Nigerians and the international community.
Yakubu further explained that various methods have been devised by politicians and their agents to compromise the electoral process.
He disclosed that politicians and their agents have resorted to buying up Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from voters in the political “safe haven” of their opponents, ahead of an election.
He further accused them of compromising security agents and some INEC ad-hoc staff who looked the other way as votes were being bought and sold.
According to Yakubu, agents of other political parties were also bought over by some money bags and these compromised agents betrayed their own parties for money.
The INEC boss cited situations where voters were made to surrender their PVCs to middlemen as a precondition for assessing government amenities and facilities.
He said: “Politicians compromised traditional and religious leaders and community leaders by persuading them to persuade voters in their domain to vote in a particular way.
“In some instances, they persuaded willing ad hoc staff to abandon the use of Smart Card Readers and provision of social amenities close to Election Day”.
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that ahead of the general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission alleged that there were plots by politicians in Akwa Ibom state to write results of the polls, instead of canvassing for votes from the electorate.
The allegation was made by the state's resident electoral commissioner, Mike Igini, at a public briefing to preview the elections in the state.
He said: “Akwa Ibom is one of the states where there have not been true elections in the past. I can confirm to you that politicians here want to write results in hotels, they are afraid of elections.”
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