- Human right groups and associations are raising their voices against the trend of voting-buying especially in the period of election both at the state and national levels
- One of such associations is the Integrity Group (TIG) who on Monday, July 23, said that the act contravenes sections 124 and 130 of the electoral act
- It also said that those who are caught in act should be made to face the full weight of the law
An activist association, known as the Integrity Group (TIG) on Monday, July 23 stated that apart from the fact that vote-buying is a criminal act, it is also one of the biggest threat to Nigeria’s democracy, Vanguard reports.
Livingstone Wechie, the founder of the group, told journalists in Abuja vote-buying violates sections 124 and 130 of the electoral act. He called for immediate enforcement of the punitive measure of the law to discourage the crime and deter those who engage in it.
Wechie said: "Voting has commence in Irele Ward 5 Unit 012, Ode Irele and the atmosphere is peaceful. We are calling for the immediate enforcement of the law against perpetrators of such act.
“This is the time to save our democracy for posterity sake,” Wechie said. He called on the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) to rise against such electoral offence, said that the battle was a joint one.
He clearly decried any of form of rubbishing the integrity of the electoral process. He said that criminals caught committing the crime must be made to face the law.
Wechie commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its efforts in sensitising voters on electoral processes.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the police on Friday, July 20, arraigned 10 suspects before an Ado-Ekiti magistrate’s court for their alleged involvement in vote-buying during last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state.
Police prosecutor Femi Fałade tołd the court that they allegedly offered money to voters to induce them to vote for their parties at the polls.
Falade said the offence contravened Section 130 (a) and 130 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). The accused persons were Olowosile Eunice, Ajayi Modupe, Ayodele Omolara, Suliat Habib, Udoh Anthony, Oyebola Kemi, Roseline Tunde, Odunayo Toyin and Babalola Esther.
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