In a disheartening turn of events during the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election, vote-buying allegations surfaced, revealing a troubling scenario of voters being directed by individuals to a designated area for settlements after casting their votes.
The situation escalated as some police officers were reportedly present at the polling unit, adding to the concerns about the integrity of the electoral process.
Reports from The Nation indicate that two gentlemen and a lady were orchestrating the alleged vote-buying, with policemen allegedly directing voters on where to collect money. Sometimes, voters approached a journalist team, mistaking them for part of the money distribution team, showcasing the confusion and chaos at the polling unit.
Disturbingly, some voters had to submit their ballot papers to be vetted by those involved before casting their votes. Shockingly, there were cases where voters did not cast their ballots after thumb printing, raising serious questions about the election’s credibility.
Vote Buying Scandal Rocks Bayelsa and Kogi Elections
Meanwhile, in the ongoing governorship election in Kogi State, agents of political parties were observed engaging in financial inducement, offering money to voters to influence their choice of candidate.
Positioned about 500 meters away from polling units, these agents provided cash incentives ranging from N3,000 to N5,000, depending on the voters’ personalities or bargaining power. To receive the money, voters were required to present their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), exposing the illicit exchange of financial incentives for votes.
The troubling incidents in both states underscore the challenges faced by the electoral process, raising concerns about the need for increased vigilance and measures to uphold the integrity of future elections.
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