August 17, 2018

Ekiti election: Vote-buying as bad as rigging, says UK (Punch)

Ekiti election: Vote-buying as bad as rigging, says UK (Punch)

The British Government has condemned vote-buying, which was rampant in the recent Ekiti State governorship election.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, described vote-buying as a form of electoral misconduct like rigging and ballot stuffing, while addressing journalists shortly after a meeting with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja on Friday. He said, “I was there in Ekiti to monitor elections and I heard a lot of reports of alleged vote buying and we are convinced that some vote buying went on. I condemn it. Vote buying is illegal; it is against the law, it is just as vote rigging, it is just as bad as ballot stuffing. Read more

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