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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

INEC uncovers new vote buying technique


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has uncovered a new plan by some politicians to use food vendors around polling units with large voter populations as meeting and collection points for cash-for-votes as well as other forms of inducement of voters on election day.

The chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this yesterday in Abuja while hosting a delegation of the European Union (EU) Election Observer, led by the Chief Observer, Ms. Marie Arena, and ECOWAS observers’ mission at the headquarters of the commission.

He the attention of the commission was drawn to a new plan by some political actors to use food vendors around polling units with large voter populations as collection points for cash-for-votes as well as other forms of material inducement to voters on election day.

He said that the bulk of ad hoc staff for election duty would be drawn from the pool of young Nigerians serving in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme and that the commission has established clear criteria for drawing from students of tertiary institutions to make up for any shortfalls.

“This has been the practice over several electoral cycles. Similarly, Collation and Returning Officers are drawn from senior academic staff of Federal Universities led by the Vice Chancellors. We have already commenced the process following our meeting with the Vice Chancellors last week. In addition, there is a clearly established system of vetting all election duty staff before they are engaged.

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