August 17, 2018

Vote-buying threatens Nigeria electoral process- group

Vote-buying threatens Nigeria electoral process- group

Yiaga Africa, an election observer and monitoring group, on Wednesday, described vote buying as a new method Nigerian politicians use in rigging elections.

Cynthia Mbamalu, the projector director of the non-governmental organisation, who averred that such act frustrates electoral processes in the country, said this in Osogbo at a Media Round Table Discussion tagged “Watching The Vote” during Sept. 22 governorship election in Osun.

Mbamalu, according to News Agency of Nigeria’s report, stated that vote-buying was becoming a threat to Nigeria electoral process, adding that all hands must be on deck to put an end to the menace.

In her words, “now a days, the more money you give, the more votes you get and this is becoming a problem and a challenge to our electoral process.”

According to her, since the introduction of card reader machines, election rigging had reduced to the barest minimum but that the new way found by politicians to compromise electoral process was vote-buying.

Commenting on Osun election, the director said the orgnisation would deploy 500 election observers in 250 polling units across the state and educate voters before the election.

She said the primary objective of the project was to help promote free, fair, peaceful, credible and legitimate elections in Nigeria in accordance with international and regional standards.

Also speaking, Safiya Bichi, the Pre-election Observation Manager, said the NGO would embark on pre-election observation between Aug.4 and Sept.19.

Bichi said the essence of the pre-election observation was to find out what could be an impediment to a credible election.

On his part, Paul James, the Training Manager, said the NGO would be using PVT methodology to observe the governorship election in the state.

According to James, PVT is an advanced Election Day observation methodology that uses well established statistical principles and sophisticated information technology.

“The PVT allows Yiaga Africa to present an accurate and comprehensive assessment of the election processes,” James said.

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