INEC uncovers new methods of vote buying by politicians

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said it had discovered new methods of vote buying by politicians in the forthcoming general elections.

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INEC uncovers new methods of vote buying by politicians


Speaking at an interactive session with traditional rulers in in Osun State, the INEC National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye, however warned that any politicians caught buying votes or engaging in acts that could have negative effects on the elections would be punished, The Punch reports

Okoye, who was represented by the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Segun Agbaje, said the commission had been informed that some people were inducing voters to release their PVCs or Voter Identification Numbers.

He said the intention behind the moves was to either stop the owners of the cards from voting or to attempt using the VIN to hack into the commission’s website and preload card readers ahead of the elections.

He said:

“We have introduced a partial ban on the use of mobile phones and other photographic devices by voters while in the voting cubicles. Also, we are introducing the rolling and flattening of ballot papers by voters before casting them into the ballot boxes.

“However, new methods of vote-buying are being devised. We have received credible information that some partisan actors are now buying PVCs from voters or financially inducing them to collect the Voter Identification Numbers on their PVCs. In some instances, telephone numbers and details of bank accounts of voters have been collected.”

He however assured the public that the commission would work with the security agents to deal with the violators of electoral laws.

Agbaje said anyone found guilty of buying votes would pay either a fine of N1m or be sentenced to one year in prison, adding that multiple registration, impersonation and being in possession of more than one PVC would attract N1m fine or a 12-month jail term or both.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, urged royal fathers in the state to ensure that there was peace before and during the elections in their areas.
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190 Comments

  1. The law on vote buying should be reviewed to accommodate stiffer punishment for electoral fraud. This sentence is too petty.

  2. I’m not really surprised. I know corruption and election rigging will never end in Nigeria. This is Nigeria

  3. INEC should be modalities in place to arrest politicians or individual who engages in buying and selling of Votes or PVC. You are selling ur right

  4. Well done INEC there are more ways please continue to do more findings so we can block all those loop holes of vote buying

  5. These politicians are so desperate and would do anything for a vote. Let INEC not give them a chance.

  6. Good move by inec official, but its easier said than done, I wish them this best, all we need is a free and fair election.

  7. kudos to inec, but i hope it work perfectly well come feburary 16 because we don’t want rigging and needs to get this bad people out

  8. Hope this new method will work out. Please INEC focus on the card reader because during the last election it did not work properly.

  9. The problem we are facing is poverty and ignorance if only the masses will know that the small changes politicians give them will not do them any good then they will wake up and vote the right leader.

  10. This is a welcome development Okoye but will it be implemented because you and I knows how Nigerian are so lawless.

  11. Election wahala. Don’t sell your votes my people. Your vote goes a long way. Let us shun corruption.

  12. They should look for means to not only curb vote buying but also other means of rigging being planned by the political parties

  13. Not matter of inducing new method you know our people are heard to understand you may keep securities their but become of no use they will be collecting the bribe or be involved in securing people while they keep casting the vote to their own candidate

  14. This is NIGERIA sir. What ever you and your team like you should do, there will still be vote paying and vote selling.

  15. Nice one by inec official, but its alot easier said than done, I wish them this best, all we need is a free and fair election.

  16. Whatever their intentions is towards the election, whether by rigging or buying, we only have one president elect.

  17. Useless country that has gone mad. You are using corruption to fight corruption. Tell me a good reason why you banned the use of mobile device during voting??

  18. I hope the new method works become of no use they will be collecting the bribe or be involved in securing people while they keep casting the vote to their own candidate

  19. It’s a pity Nigerians are good at changing technology from good to bad because of their own selfish interest. Any erring politician should be severely death with according to the law.

  20. That’s a good start, we do not want the votes to be manipulated again because people are willing to sell their integrity for a little cash.

  21. INEC is trying to tell us to get prepared for this upcoming election because many things will happen in deferent locations this time

  22. This is a good one am really impressed with this new method of uncovering this idea of vote buying by our politicians

  23. INCE have done they best, but here in Nigeria, the election have been done already we are only waiting for the results

  24. INCE have done they best, but here in Nigeria the election have been done already we are only waiting for the results

  25. Now the high rise in corruption is something to give attention to. But electoral malpractice as far as Nigeria is concerned is something of a periquisite and I pray that the electoral body is up-to task to tackle the jeopardy.

  26. The law on vote buying should be reviewed to accommodate stiffer When can election be free and fair in this countrypunishment for electoral fraud.

  27. I just pray this method of theirs should work, and also there should be enough security on patrol comes that day.

  28. Nigeria politicians can never change. They wants to look for means to come into power again so that they can continue their illegal ruling. INEC should be on guard to monitor these ones

  29. Not like selling rights if I see some one that will hive me 1 million and I have been hungry for long no one cares why won’t people sell and collecte money

  30. Nothing surprises me in Nigeria now, apart from this one uncovered amsuee there is another method we have not yet known, politics can never be a fair game

  31. There should be greater punishment attached to vote buying so that people will not involve in it again.live long INEC,LIVE LONG NIGERIA

  32. That doesnt mean that they wont still rig the election, this is Nigeria everything is possible.. This process can just reduce it little..

  33. Hmm. Peopled were asked to submit their PVC serial number last year whuc they did. I ven know of a friend of mine who did that as well, but I think he ignorantly did it. Though I warned him about it. So it didn’t start today. Let INEC body drastically do something about it for the betterment of Nigeria.

  34. Who is responsible for this, they want to take this nation at all costs, Nigerian should rise up and stand against vote buying in this election, how much is your future that you want to sell for pea nut, let’s be wise

  35. INEC should be modalities in place to arrest politicians or individual who engages in buying and selling of Votes or PVC

  36. 2019 general election is supervised by God himself. He won’t let us his children suffer affliction the second time in the hands of an infidel.

  37. I think Mr Mahmoud is right on this one, because I overheard some people saying a politician collected their phone numbers that he’s going to call them to get their account details. I’m sure he must have seen their PVC also.

  38. Is good that they are proactive. May they endeavor to translate it into action and not just mere words. But can INEC stop election rigging in Nigeria?

  39. There are numerous ways politicians has made for the forth coming election while inec chairman Doesn’t know.The fact is that Nigeria is corrupt even the so called leaders.

  40. U dnt need mobile phones to buy vote naw
    ….or electronic devices they will come to you whisper to ur ear that vote n comma collect u r moni

  41. No matter how hard INEC tries, electoral rigging will still be a part of the Nigerian political culture. If the stop vote buying permanently, there are still many other ways to alter the results of the election.

  42. GOD WILL CONTINUE TO EXPOSE THEM USELESS AND HEARTLESS POLITICIANS THAT HAS KEPT THE COUNTRY WHERE WE ARE TODAY…THEIR PLAN WONT WORK AGAIN IN JESUS NAME

  43. Theirs no way rigging is not part of Nigeria voting system that will never changed no matter how many method you used

  44. Congratulations to Inec, try and do whatever will make this election credible, that is what Nigerian want.

  45. I think the INEC body is doing a good job to ensure a credible forth coming elections soon, we pray no one tampers with voters and voters card, we are looking forward to a free and fair election in Nigeria

  46. Independent National Electoral Commission will continue to detect loopholes more and more to enable them perfect their riggingfor President Muhammadu Buhari. Since four years that they have been in power, they didn’t correct any loophole. Meanwhile, the present government buys vote more than any one else. Political gimmicks.

  47. And they think it is just a new method? INEC should please do all could because the fate of Nigerians are in their hand.
    Hope Everything turns out well

  48. Vote buying is a serious threat to our democracy and any measures put in place by inec is a welcome development

  49. Give it to this ministry they are really trying their best for the forthcoming general elections.

  50. If only INEC would not give in to election manipulation. Next month will prove if they are reliable

  51. This a welcome idea from Inec. I pray that this election should be free and fair, May God help us.

  52. Hope this method works out so we can have a better Nigeria. And to all those politicians who intend to buy votes get ready to be apprehended

  53. No matter what INEC did, vote buying will still occur. People are suffering and you expect them not to sell their vote. I wish INEC plan work but still vote will be bought.

  54. All this politicians are criminals,inec shd try to uncover more pls,weldone inec for the uncovering this but pls do more

  55. yes that is a good method and i hope i will work.please nigerians don’t sell ur rights because of money because it doesn’t worth it.

  56. Let this political vote buying method be restricted and should not be allowed to avoid causing another problem in the country

  57. That’s a welcome development. But let’s hope this works out for them. No be naija, they will always find a way

  58. Good job. I hope this works. regardless, the vote will not count. I know this country to well everything as a leak

  59. Bad people in our country trying cause any problem before,during and after the up coming election must be exposed.

  60. Yes thanks to our INEC this politics person when they see election is Comin to the way they will be using rice to collect right from us

  61. This election is in the hand of god Christian should pray fervently about it cause all what inec is doing is non sense if god is not taking control

  62. Oh, good job, shows all hands on deck to ensure a credible election this year, more power to ur elbow @inec

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