How to check vote-buying in Nigeria

To check the trend of vote buying in Nigeria during electioneering, the Federal Government should improve the economy and put the country in better perspective, the immediate past Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Obo Effanga, said in Abuja on Saturday.

He said although Nigerians in the Diaspora should not be disenfranchised in any general election, Diaspora voting would not be possible for now because of the lack of advanced technology.

Effanga stated this at the 2022 Annual General Meeting and Fund Raising Dinner/flag off of the proposed lavatory and tree planting projects in Imo State University, Okigwe and Abia State University, Uturu organised by the Zenith Environmental and Social Protection Network.

According to him, the menace of vote buying remained a societal problem and a reflection of Nigeria’s level of development.

Effanga who has been nominated for re-appointment for another five years by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rerd.), said that the introduction of technologies into the electoral system had made it difficult for politicians to rig elections through other means.

He said, “If people are buying votes it means votes are important and they can only win on the basis of the votes. And it is because the votes are counting and being counted, that is why people are emerging elected on the basis of votes; that is why the politicians are going after the votes by whatever means. They find out that,…

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