Lagos bye-elections: INEC cautions against vote-buying at polling units


The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday advised lawmakers against vote purchasing, food sharing, and different exercises equipped for purchasing the heart of citizens at surveying units during Saturday’s Lagos East by-races.

INEC Supervisory National Commissioner responsible for the by-decisions, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, told newsmen in Lagos that the commission would not endure any demonstration that would dishonor the surveys.

Responding to inquiries on how the commission planned to handle vote purchasing, Ogunmola said that however INEC was not a security organization, it had done a considerable amount in guaranteeing that the danger was diminished.

“We are as a team with EFCC and ICPC and some other security organizations in guaranteeing that individuals that execute such acts were brought to book.

“The issue of utilizing food at the surveying units will be forestalled. It was seen in Edo political race and we attempted to forestall it in Ondo,” Ogunmola said.

As per him, the ongoing governorship races in Edo and Ondo States were an enormous achievement and the commission is set up to increase current standards in Lagos bye-races and others.

He said that however INEC was putting forth attempts to stop vote purchasing at the surveying units, it couldn’t stop the vote purchasing before the races.

The INEC chief added, “It is something that gives off an impression of being hard to check. We can just give a valiant effort to forestall it on political race day.

A bar has been set and it is the goal of INEC not to go beneath that bar and that is the reason we are drawing in with all the partners to guarantee that these decisions will be recorded as the best so far throughout the entire existence of races in Nigeria.

We will put all hands on deck to guarantee tenable and straightforward decisions in Lagos,” he said.

Ogunmola said that INEC consistently figured defects of past races to consummate resulting ones, consequently so much had been done to guarantee Lagos by-decisions were trustworthy and satisfactory surveys.

As per him, the non-recognition of physical removing and face covers have discarded through appropriate illumination and commitment of citizens at the grassroots.

We likewise need to debilitate the utilization of stamped face covers in which a gathering of individuals utilizing similar sort of face covers. This is reminiscent of the expectation to execute a few anomalies and we scowl at this.

“We are likewise captivating with security organizations to guarantee that we can lead free, reasonable, and trustworthy decisions by tomorrow,” Ogunmola added.

He said the security offices had additionally guaranteed the commission of increasing current standards.

Ogunmola stated, “We have all concurred that the main thing that can happen to the constituent cycles is for it to be enhanced so this will come off on the whole society.

INEC along with the security organizations will have the option to urge Nigerians to do the correct things consistently.

“In the event that we can get the political decision right, at that point a ton of things will improve. I need to guarantee you that INEC is completely ready for tomorrow’s and we do trust we will have the option to record tremendous achievement.”



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