INEC to Tackle Vote Buying in Elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will collaborate with anti-graft agencies to tackle vote buying during the November 16 Kogi and Bayelsa Governorship Elections.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mamood Yakubu stated this Tuesday in Abuja at the quarterly consultative meeting with political parties in the country.
Prof. Yakubu who expressed concern over the worrisome trend of vote buying, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of one person in Gombe state while the cases of other suspects are in still court.
He appealed to candidates and their supporters to shun hate speech and any form of violence.
On his part, Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Peter Ameh urged candidates not to secure votes through violence but to allow for a level playing ground.
45 Political parties are taking part in the election in Bayelsa state and 33 in Kogi state.