- There were acts of vote-buying at some polling centres in the ongoing Anambra State governorship election
- According to multiple reports sighted by Legit.ng, most of the top political parties are involved in this illegal practices
- In fact, there was a case where voters were following a particular party agent, demanding to be paid immediately
One of the greatest ills of Nigerian election - vote buying - is brazenly playing out in Anambra state governorship election.
Party agents of most of the leading parties are allegedly inducing voters with different amount of money ranging from N500 to N10, 000.
According to Premium Times, an agent was seen meeting voters after they had cast their votes and writing down their names on a sheet of paper; apparently with a view to paying them later.
However, the voters following him around, demanding to be paid immediately.
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This type of scenario is playing out in most of the polling units according to multiple sources monitoring the election.
In fact, Sahara Reporters claimed that some of the agents have even raised the price of a vote to N10,000 while others are paid N6000 for a single vote.
Although the party buying the vote could not be ascertained, but Sahara Reporters blamed the three leading parties for this.
INEC extends voting time in Anambra due to malfunction of BVAS
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said voting will be extended to 4 pm in Anambra state due to the malfunction of the Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) in several polling units across the state.
The announcement was made by Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra after briefing the media at the commission's state headquarters in Awka.
Orji said there is a possibility of the election continuing on Sunday, November 7. He admitted that the BVAS did not work in several polling units across the state, therefore, slowing down the accreditation and voting process.
PDP's Gov candidate sends strong message to INEC chairman after voting, makes important request
In a previous report by Legit.ng, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Valentine Ozigbo, has cast his vote.
After voting, the candidate of the PDP, Valentine Ozigbo said he was impressed with the turnout of voters.
“I’m impressed Amezi community community came out in their numbers. If not for the delay, everything has been perfect. The network failed and we had to improvise.”