HOW INEC CAN TACKLE VOTE BUYING DURING GENERAL ELECTIONS – SARAKI

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The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has really useful steps to absorb addressing the problem of politicians allegedly plotting to purchase Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) within the basic elections.

He suggested the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to instantly name a gathering of stakeholders within the coming polls.

Senator Saraki gave the recommendation on Thursday in an announcement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

The assembly, he famous, needs to be convened with the only real intention of formulating plans and concepts on learn how to render ineffective the intention of the purported politicians with intention of shopping for PVCs.

“We have continued to maintain that manipulation of election results does not start and end on Election Day,” the Senate President was quoted as saying within the assertion.

“It starts long before the day and goes on even after the declaration of results.”

He added, “That is why we have to continually be vigilant and once we identify any threat to free, fair and transparent conduct of a credible election like the INEC chairman has done, all stakeholders must put heads together to block the loopholes.”
Saraki who condemned the plot to buy PVCs as alleged urged the INEC boss to not cease at elevating the alarm.

He, nonetheless, requested Professor Yakubu to instantly devise a water-tight association to make futile the efforts of such unscrupulous politicians.

The lawmakers decried that the event constitutes a significant risk to the profitable conduct of the 2019 Polls, as it could actually turn out to be the only issue to resolve the place victory swings within the election.

“All stakeholders must come up fast with a solution to render useless the antics of those who intend to procure voter’s cards,” he maintained.

“We all need to put our heads together and I am sure that such a stakeholders’ meeting will not only nip in the bud the looming danger, it will also engender general confidence in the system and create a system in which all stakeholders become problem solvers.”

Senator Saraki mentioned that within the subsequent six weeks, previous the primary set of elections and instantly after the elections, it was essential for INEC to plot an association by which it might continuously seek the advice of with stakeholders to establish points affecting the method and learn how to discover joint options to them.

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