Home EDO, ONDO ELECTION: Nab anyone involved in vote-buying, INEC to security...

EDO, ONDO ELECTION: Nab anyone involved in vote-buying, INEC to security agents

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has charged security agencies in Edo and Ondo States to arrest anyone involved in vote-buying during the forthcoming governorship polls.

This was revealed on Thursday in Benin, the Edo State capital during a workshop for journalists on election processes and procedure amid COVID-19 pandemic by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC Barr. Festus Okoye.

“INEC is mandated to organise elections but it cannot be conducting elections and be running after people sharing money at the polling units. Anybody buying votes may likely be arrested by security agents present at the polling booth.

“The will of the people should not be bought. We can’t allow impunity to rein in our elections, Nigeria must move forward,”

“No political party should be allowed to use violence, money, intimidation or undue influence to undermine the will of the people,” he said.

Okoye also noted that the commission is conducting the Edo and Ondo governorship elections and 15 outstanding by-elections within the context of COVID-19 pandemic that has substantially altered the previous ways of doing things.

“There is no alternative to the peaceful conduct of these elections as the alternative will leave the people of the two states with a constitutional logjam that may be difficult to resolve,” he said.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

INEC staff caught on tape collecting N1000 to give out PVCs [WATCH]

A video has emerged showing a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Emene Primary school in Enugu State collecting N1,000 each...

Tribunal: Osun APC, PDP clash over protests

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has alleged that protests by some people in the state over the judgement of the...

Yahaya Bello Allegedly Withdraw Support for Tinubu 

According to the report, Kogi's new stance is informed by permutations in the north-central state ahead of its November governorship election. As a result of...

2023: Atiku, Tinubu in fresh battle over health issues, alleged corruption

Barely 38 days to the presidential election scheduled for February 25, both camps of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party,...

Govs To Meet Emefiele Over New Naira Notes

Aminu Tambuwal, chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, has invited Godwin Emiefele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, to a virtual meeting on...