REC Accuses Politicians Of Vote Buying

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini, has accused the political elite to working to frustrate a credible election.   

Speaking at the 15th Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture in Lagos, Iginni said INEC was in possession of reports showing that politicians in some parts of the country were already collecting account numbers of voters and making part payment for the purchase of votes.

He said the politicians resorted to the approach in response to the move by INEC to block vote-buying.

The lecture, with the theme, ‘Securing the independence of INEC as panacea for free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria,’ was organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch.

In his contribution, Igini decried the judgment of the Supreme Court invalidating the use of card reader, saying the apex court failed to realise that it was introduced to curb election-rigging.

He declared that despite the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the amended Electoral Act, which provided for the use of card reader, this year’s general elections would be conducted using the card reader, which, he noted, INEC had been using since 2015.

Igini said, “, we have report from certain part of the country showing clearly that politicians are collecting telephone numbers and bank accounts of the electorate and are already making part payments ahead of the elections. What are they responding to? They are responding to the card reader.”

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