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Ondo: CLEEN Foundation Tasks INEC to Prosecute All Perpetrators of Vote Buying

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The CLEEN Foundation has called call on the security agencies deployed for the just concluded Ondo gubernatorial election duty to arrest and investigate all those involved in vote trading in different parts of the state and hand the culprits over to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for prompt prosecution.

The foundation had reported that the election was marted by high incidence of vote buying perpetrated by all political parties.

The foundation in it’s post election statement signed by it’s Executive Director, Benson Oluigbo on Tuesday, also called on INEC to prosecute electoral offenders to reduce the tendency by political thugs to disrupt elections.

Oluigbo said despite the improvements noticed in the conduct of the Ondo Election by INEC and security agencies, several gaps that could undermine the electoral integrity and process still exists.

Oluigbo noted that reports of security personnel displaying partisanship was prominent in some polling units, and called for investigation and prosecution of those found culpable, while urging security personnel to adhere to the principles of impartiality and neutrality.

He further urged INEC to improve on logistics and leverage on technology to deliver more transparent and credible elections through the pilot of E-voting and
improve the result portal can be improved for more transparency.

The Executive Director also urged the commision to ensure improvement in the deployment of materials and the use of functional smart card readers in subsequent elections.

He further urged Federal Government agencies including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control & the Presidential Task Force should ensure adherence to covid-19 guidelines and protocols during elections.

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