Posted by Oluwole Ige, Osogbo | 10 September 2018 | 1,016 times
Against the build-up to coming governorship poll in Osun, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Olusegun Agbaje on Sunday took the campaign to checkmate votes buying to churches in Osogbo, capital of Osun State.
He said electoral umpire would not relent its resolve to halt the vices of votes buying and its attendants’ negative effects on the nation’s democratic institutions.
Speaking during the Sunday service of the Living Faith Church, otherwise known as the Winners’ Chapel, Oke Onitea, Osogbo, Agbaje underscored the need for everybody to join the campaign, irrespective of religious, political and ethnic divides, saying INEC was effectively collaborating with all stakeholders against vote-buying before and during the September 22 governorship poll in the state.
While declaring that INEC was already exploring synergies with security agencies to prevent political parties from hijacking the exercise, he emphasised that the commission would deliver credible election, capable as serving as a template for subsequent polls in Nigeria.
According to Agbaje, the whole world was focussing their attention on Osun State over this election, stressing that international agencies such as UNDP, USAID, DFID were partnering with relevant stakeholders, with a view to ensuring the conduct of free and fair poll.
Listing punishments that would be meted to any person found to be selling or buying votes before and during election, the INEC boss reiterated that “there is a one -year jail term, N 100,000 fine, or both, for any person who makes a false statement, fails to give information or facilitate the registration of a fictitious person ”.
•Excerpted from a Tribune report
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