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We Can’t Stop Vote-buying In Ekiti Governorship Election, Says INEC

Vote-buying will not be prevented at the June 18 Ekiti governorship election, says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC national commissioner Festus Okoye told Channels TV on Friday morning.

“INEC as a commission cannot guarantee that there won’t be any vote-buying in this election,” Mr Okoye said.

He explained that INEC had already partnered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to tackle voter inducement.

Mr Okoye added that INEC had also trained ad hoc staff, who would assist the electoral body on the best way to position the voting cubicles to guarantee and maintain the security of the votes.

“We have also told them (ad hoc staff) to advise the voters when they come to vote not to enter the voting compartment with any electronic gadgets that can take photographs,” explained Mr Okoye. “By so doing, we believe we can guarantee at least the secrecy of the vote, not that people will vote, snap them when they have voted and show somebody else.”

Mr Okoye added, “We have also held a series of meetings with the ICPC, EFCC, and other security agencies who would have some of their plainclothes officers at some of the polling units by making sure no one comes to the place and corrupts the process.”

According to him, 988,923 are expected to vote in Saturday’s governorship poll in the 16 LGAs and 177 registration areas. The ruling APC and PDP are the leading contenders in Saturday’s election.

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