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Report Updates - INEC uncovers new methods of vote-buying

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said it had discovered new methods to be used by some politicians to buy votes in the forthcoming general elections .

Speaking at an interactive session with traditional rulers in Osun State, the INEC National Commissioner , Mr Festus Okoye , however , warned that any politicians caught buying votes or engaging in acts that could have negative effects on the elections would be punished.
Okoye , who was represented by the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner , Mr Segun Agbaje , said the commission had been informed that some people were inducing voters to release their PVCs or Voter Identification Numbers .
He said the intention behind the moves was to either stop the owners of the cards from voting or to attempt using the VIN to hack into the commission ’ s website and preload card readers ahead of the elections .

He said , “ We have introduced a partial ban on the use of mobile phones and other photographic devices by voters while in the voting cubicles . Also , we are introducing the rolling and flattening of ballot papers by voters before casting them into the ballot boxes .

“ However , new methods of vote -buying are being devised . We have received credible information that some partisan actors are now buying PVCs from voters or financially inducing them to collect the Voter Identification Numbers on their PVCs . In some instances , telephone numbers and details of bank accounts of voters have been collected . ”

He , however , assured the public that the commission would work with the security agents to deal with the violators of electoral laws .

Agbaje said anyone found guilty of buying votes would pay either a fine of N1 m or be sentenced to one year in prison, adding that multiple registration , impersonation and being in possession of more than one PVC would attract N1 m fine or a 12 -month jail term or both .
The Ooni of Ife , Oba Enitan Ogunwusi , urged royal fathers in the state to ensure that there was peace before and during the elections in their areas.

Via Punchng

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