Crisp plans being made to use food sellers for vote purchasing by government
officials, have been revealed by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
As indicated by a Vanguard report, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has uncovered plans by some politicians to deploy food vendors in and around polling units in order to use them as “payment points” for voters who do their bidding.
Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the revelation Monday in Abuja when he received in audience the European Union Chief Observer, Mrs Maria Arena.
According to him, the Smart Card Readers will be deployed on election day for voter verification, confirmation and authentication.
"We have enhanced them and improved their functionality. Clause 10 of the Regulations and Guidelines recently released by the Commission makes the use of Card Readers mandatory. It is an offence to accredit a voter by any other means".
"I wish to assure the EU that our preparation for the 2019 general election is on course. We have had a series of very assuring meetings with the security agencies in order to ensure that processes are protected, the right of voters to vote freely safeguarded, access for observers and the media guaranteed, the election transparent and the outcome a true reflection of the will of the Nigerian people”, he added.