- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that whoever that is caught selling or buying votes in today’s Ondo State governorship election will risk going to jail.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this in an exclusive interview with Saturday Tribune. TAIWO AMODU.
The INEC boss’ spokesman while reacting to the issue of vote buying in Edo, despite INEC vow that it won’t tolerate it, he said: “I don’t agree with the notion that vote-buying was rife in Edo across all the 18 local government areas and over 2,600 polling units on Election Day. We should be careful not to generalise what happened in a few places.
“The Commission had, before now, taken several deliberate steps against vote buying and selling. We have since reconfigured our polling booths and voters are not allowed to go into them on Election Day with smart phones or any other photographic equipment.
“Again, we have since enlisted the support of the EFCC and they have been deploying their officers to our elections. Vote buying is an electoral offence, and anyone found engaging in it during the Ondo Governorship election will be arrested and prosecuted”, he stated.