Electorates in Ekiti State have been assured by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] that there would be nothing like cash for votes in the upcoming governorship election in the state.
The INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurance in Ado Ekiti during a stakeholders’ meeting on the Continuous Registration Exercise
The electoral body said it was aware of how people were being offered N5,000 each to cast their votes in Anambra, Ondo, and Edo states, saying such won’t reoccur in Ekiti through strong synergy with the security agencies.
Yakubu, who was represented by INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States, Mr. Solomon Soyebi, said the elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra States were largely monetized.
“We are aware of this. It was, see and buy, but it won’t happen in Ekiti.”
He said INEC has conducted a total of 286 polls since 2015 and that only 28 were nullified due to parties’ poor internal democracy.
“It was N5,000 per vote in Ondo and Anambra states. We are working with security agencies not to allow it to happen again. We even seized some cash in Anambra state.
“In the Ekiti election, we won’t allow any vehicle to come near the polling units, because the politicians used to keep the money in the booth. With this, it will reduce because politicians can’t carry large amount in their pockets.”
He assured that INEC will be neutral in Ekiti election, urging the stakeholders to work hard to mobilize the people for the continuous registration exercise and also claim over 200,000 Permanent Voters Cards that are still with the commission.