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We’ll Deploy Plain-Clothes Security Personnel To Check Vote Buying, Vote Selling On Election Day – INEC

INEC Reveals How It Will Check Vote Buying In 2023 Polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will deploy undercover security agents to polling units on election day to tackle the issue of vote buying and vote selling.

INEC Reveals How It Will Check Vote Buying In 2023 Polls

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This was disclosed by INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in Abuja, during a citizens’ election dialogue with the theme, “What makes a good election in Nigeria.”

Okoye said INEC is committed to delivering free, fair and credible elections for all Nigerians in collaboration with security agencies.

“We have also made sure that people do not enter the voting compartments with their mobile phones that can take pictures and we’re also collaborating with the different security agencies under the auspices of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security to make sure that plain clothe security personnel is deployed to some polling units on election day to stem the issue of vote buying and vote selling,” Okoye said.

“This commission is focused and determined to give Nigerians a good election. In terms of the issue of vote buying, the commission has reconfigured the various polling units to guarantee the secrecy of the votes.

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“It’s fashionable to grandstand relating to the commitment of the INEC to free, fair and transparent election. But you should also flip back and look at some of the party primaries that some of the political parties conducted and how well they conducted them.”

Okoye also said INEC will continue to train its members of staff towards ensuring a hitch-free poll.

According to him, the move is to ensure that election officials know how to configure and position the voting cubicle to guarantee the secrecy of the votes.

He noted that INEC will “make sure technology is deployed and we’re also going to make sure that we transmit polling unit results into our INEC viewing portal.”

In other news, Kanyi Daily had reported that INEC revealed how it will monitor campaign spending and hate speech ahead of the 2023 polls.

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