- The increasing cases of vote-buying in Nigerian elections have been highlighted again
- The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is worried about the rise in the cases of the trend
- At a presentation of its report on the Ondo election, CDD listed vote-buying as one of the factors undermining the sanctity of elections
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has lamented over the increasing cases of vote-buying in recent off-cycle elections.
Again, several cases of vote-buying were reported by CDD observers in the just concluded Ondo governorship election.
At a presentation of its final observation report on the election on Monday, October 12 in Abuja, CDD listed vote-buying as one of the factors undermining the sanctity of elections.
Part of the CDD's report on vote-buying read:
“At several other polling units, CDD observed a consistent pattern of vote-buying, involving vote buyers who used various devices to evade the watch of security officials and election observers.
“CDD observers documented attempts by political actors to outspend one another by making available large sums disbursed to community leaders for onward distribution to voters.
“CDD observation showed that whereas in the past the modus operandi was to distribute cash discreetly at points close to the polling unit, the new tactic is to create outposts where voters can go to collect cash after showing evidence that they voted for the preferred candidates of the vote buyers.
“It was alleged by those the CDD observers spoke with about vote-buying at polling units on election day that bulk sums ranging from N150,000 to N600,000 were earmarked for each polling unit across each local government areas were handed over to popular figures, especially youth groups to share among voters in their areas.
“Another vote-buying tactic used was to make electronic cash transfers to the voter after proving he or she voted for the preferred candidate of the vote buyer. CDD observers reported that party agents largely stayed away from coordinating vote-buying.”
Adele Jinadu, head of CDD election analysis centre, and Idayat Hassan, CDD director, who presented the report, however, said the exercise in Ondo was an improvement on what was recorded in Edo state.
The group also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for uploading election results on its portal.
Recall that the CDD had earlier called on INEC to ensure that results from hard to reach areas in Ondo state are collated speedily during the governorship poll.
Speaking in Akure at the launch of the centre's Election Analysis Centre (EAC) ahead of the election, Hassan said it is important for INEC to reciprocate the confidence which the electorates in the state have on it.
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