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How vote buying can be discouraged – INEC

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Kogi State, Prof. James Apam on Thursday said in order to discourage vote buying, voters in the country should turn out en masse to cast their ballot.

Apam made the call at a ‘Stakeholders Consultative Meeting on Vote-Buying/Selling and Election Violence’ in Lokoja ahead of Saturday’s bye-election in Kogi-Koton-Karfe/Lokoja Federal Constituency.

While explaining the need for voters to turn-out en masse during elections, Apam said, “one thing that makes it too easy for people who want to disrupt elections is very low turnout”.

According to him, that is how vote buyers will be discouraged from buying votes from voters.

Speaking further, Apam advised voters not to sell their votes or “collect money and vote according to your conscience, insisting that nobody should collect anybody’s money for the sake of vote-buying at all.

“We will make sure that unauthorized persons don’t hang around the polling units because the buying and selling of votes are perpetrated mostly by those who hang around polling units.

“Security agents will be on alert to ensure that unauthorized persons don’t hang around the polling units.

“Indeed, the security agents will also report whatever cases of vote-buying they come across, apprehend culprits and bring them to the law,” he said.

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.