August 18, 2022

2023: NNDI Tells INEC to Fight Vote Buying Now

 

By Joy Idam, 28 June 2022

The New Nigeria Dream Initiative (NNDI), an offshoot of the New Dreams For Grassroots Development (NDGD), has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to take the fight against Vote Buying seriously with the political parties, ahead of the 2023 general elections, for electorates to have faith in the process.

Dr Breakforth Onwubuya the National Coordinator NNDI, made the call following massive open Vote buying, in the just concluded governorship election held on Saturday, 18th June, 2022 in Ekiti State. During the election, voters were said to have been induced with money to sell their votes.

Vote buying also took place during the last Presidential primary elections, where delegates were induced with foreign currency to sell their votes. Vote buying is an offence, and is punishable under the Article 130 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

The NNDI Boss, Dr Onwubuya, has frowned at the reports of vote buying, and tasked the INEC to wake up to their Constitutional role. Noting that Vote Buying it is undemocratic must be discouraged ahead of the 2023 general elections if the elections Must be free, fair and rated credible.

He therefore, called on INEC to collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and other relevant graft authorities to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for vote buying so as to give Voters hope that their Votes will Count.

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