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INEC MOVES AGAINST VOTE BUYING

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Ayo Bamidele

Less than a month to the governorship election on Osun state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said voters would not be allowed to go to the polling units with their handsets.

According to the state Resident Electoral commissioner, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, this is the part of measures being adopted yo prevent vote buying by politicians.
He said that the September 22 election in Osun state, would be free, fair and devoid of vote buying.
There were allegations of vote buying during the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state with security agents and INEC officials being accused of colluding with politicians.
“We are making arrangements to reposition the voting cubicle so that ballot papers cannot be shown to another person after thumb printing.
” We are working with INEC headquarters to see how we can prevent voters from taking their phones into the cubicles.
“This is to prevent them from taking pictures of their ballots with a view to exchanging it for money,” he added.
Mr. Agbaje further disclosed that heads of security agencies have been mandated to go round the polling units during the election and arrest anybody buying or selling votes.

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