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Vote Buying: INEC To Deploy Undercover Agents To Polling Units

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner


Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to tackle the menace of vote buying.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated this in Abuja during a citizens’ election dialogue on the theme, “What makes a good election in Nigeria,” saying the commission will deploy undercover security personnel on the election day.

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He reiterated the commission’s commitment to delivering free, fair and credible elections for all Nigerians in collaboration with security agencies.

“We have also made sure that people do not enter the voting compartments with their mobile phones that can take pictures and we’re also collaborating with the different security agencies under the auspices of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security to make sure that plain clothe security personnel is deployed to some polling units on election day to stem the issue of vote buying and vote selling,” Okoye said.

“This commission is focused and determined to give Nigerians a good election. In terms of the issue of vote buying, the commission has reconfigured the various polling units to guarantee the secrecy of the votes.”

“It’s fashionable to grandstand relating to the commitment of the INEC to free, fair and transparent election. But you should also flip back and look at some of the party primaries that some of the political parties conducted and how well they conducted them.”

According to the INEC National Commissioner, the electoral body will continue to train its members of staff towards ensuring a hitch-free poll.

The move, he stated, is to ensure that election officials know how to configure and position the voting cubicle to guarantee the secrecy of the votes.

Okoye stated that INEC will “make sure technology is deployed and we’re also going to make sure that we transmit polling unit results into our INEC viewing portal.”

Ignatius Igwe

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