Lagos by-elections: INEC warns politicians, says no vote-buying, food sharing at polling units

Lagos by-elections: INEC warns politicians, says no vote-buying, food sharing at polling units

There must not be vote-buying or sharing of food at polling units during Lago by-elections

The warning was issued by INEC on Friday, December 4

To make this work, INEC says it is collabrating with EFCC and ICPC and some other security agencies

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In efforts to preserve the integrity of its election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked politicians in Lagos not to engage in vote-buying, food sharing at polling units during Saturday’s Lagos East by-elections.

According to INEC, these activities are capable of buying the conscience of voters.

This was disclosed by Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, INEC Supervisory National Commissioner in charge of the by-elections.

He said the commission would not tolerate any act that would discredit the polls.

Answering questions on how the commission intended to tackle vote buying, Ogunmola said that though INEC was not a security agency, it had done quite a lot in ensuring that the menace was reduced.

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Lagos by-elections: INEC warns politicians, says no vote-buying, food sharing at polling units
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday cautioned politicians against vote buying, food sharing. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
Source: UGC

He said:

“The issue of making use of food at the polling units will be prevented. It was observed in Edo election and we tried to prevented it in Ondo.
“The same thing we are going to do here in Lagos because that is one way of ensuing that people pay for their pay masters."

Meanwhile, had reported that ahead of the forthcoming bye-elections in Lagos, the police command in the state restricted movements in some areas to ensure free and credible polls which will take place on Saturday, December 5.

The decision of the police in the state was made public by its spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

According to the statement signed by Adejobi, movement in the following areas in the state will be restricted from 6am to 6pm: Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe and Somolu.

In another development, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) distanced itself from a suit that challenged the legality of judicial panels set up by state governors to probe cases of brutality against citizens by members of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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The suit was filed by a legal representative of the NPF, O.M. Atoyebi, who argued that the establishment of the panels was unconstitutional, since, according to him, it violates the constitution and section 21 of the tribunals of inquiry act.

However, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has kicked against this move, stressing that the force will stop at nothing to ensure that victims of police brutality get justice eventually.

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