- INEC official, Professor James Apam, says various political parties have a role to play in educating voters not to sell their votes
- He states that the electoral commission has gotten assurances from security agencies about adequate protection during the Kogi bye-election
- Court orders arrest of INEC chairman, asks IGP to produce him on August 14
Professor James Apam, a resident electoral commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC), has said there is little or nothing the commission can do to prevent people who have made up their minds to sell their votes.
The REC made the statement on Wednesday, August 8, in Lokoja when speaking on the forthcoming Kogi bye-election scheduled for Saturday, August 11, The Punch reports.
Apam told stakeholders who expressed fear over a repeat of the Ekiti state governorship election where voters were allegedly induced with money before voting, that the electoral commission was almost helpless over the issue.
He asked: “How do you prevent someone who took a camera into the voting cubicle to snap the party he or she had voted for and later showed it to the party and get paid?”
The INEC official stated that various political parties have a role to play in educating voters not to sell their votes.
The commissioner said INEC had gotten assurances from the security agencies that both the staff and the materials for the election would be secured during the bye-election scheduled for Saturday, August 11.
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Meanwhile, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, August 8, ordered Nigeria's inspector general of police to arrest and bring the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, to court for refusing to obey a valid order court, Independent Newspaper reports.
Justice Stephen Pam had on July 5, ordered Yakubu to appear before him to prove why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court but five days later, on July 10, when the court sat again, Mahmood did not show up with his counsel, Adeboyega Awomolo.
Consequently, on August 1, he ordered the arrest of the INEC boss for failing to appear in court for the third time and asked the police to effect the arrest immediately.
The news outlet reports further that Goddy Uche, counsel to the plaintiff, had earlier told the court that the INEC chairman had blatantly refused to obey an order of court summoning him to appear in court.
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