Ondo: Votes were sold for between N1,000 – N5,000, says monitoring group leader

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The leader of one of the monitoring groups in the Ondo governorship election, Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa said there were incidents of vote buying and selling during voting in the state.

He said from the reports he got from its men who were monitoring the election, the incidents occurred in some polling units in the 18 local government areas of the state.

He disclosed this in an interview on TVC during the 10pm news belt on Saturday.

He said, “Votes sold for between N1,000 and N5,000, depending on who is selling or buying. There were incidents of vote buying in all the 18 LGAs.

“In some cases, this happened at the full glare of the security agents and nothing was done. In some cases, they stopped it.”

However, Itodo said there were improvements in logistics in this election when compared with that of 2016.

“In about 77 per cent of the polling units, materials and INEC officials arrived on time,” he said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye, also reacting to this in the same news belt, confirmed that the commission received reports of vote buying in some polling units but some of them were fake news.

He described vote buying and selling  “as a societal challenge.”

While he canvassed voter education to curb the ugly trend, he noted that the nation’s electoral process was getting better.

He blamed politicians and the elite for the ugly turn of event called vote buying and selling, stating that “this will soon stop when the commission introduces electronic voting system.”

Meanwhile, the leader of the 33,000 police team overseeing security at the ongoing Ondo governorship election, Leye Oyebade, a deputy Inspector-General of Police, says the team will not be sleeping as the collation had commenced.

He said so far, there had not been any major breach of peace, as there were security surveillance on land, sea and air.

Oyebade said the restriction order given by the Inspector-General of Police was well enforced.

 

 

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