Vote Buying, Faulty Card Readers, Others, Issues In Anambra Guber – Report

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By Andrew Essien, Abuja

Vote buying, ballot box stuffing and “faulty” card reader among others have been identified as issues that plagued the recently concluded Anambra gubernatorial elections.

This is according to a report released by one of the accredited observer groups, Election Monitor in Abuja, Tuesday.

This is as it recommended that various stakeholders including the electoral umpire and the security agencies take a serious look at the issues raised in the recommendations to forestall such reoccurrence in future elections and ahead of 2019.

Making a presentation to media men for the group, Abiodun Ajijiyola said: “Vote buying is pervasive and it seems neither INEC nor security agencies have been able to do much about it.

“INEC should urgently organize a technical workshop aimed at identifying ways for mitigating vote buying ”

On ‘failed’ smart card readers, the report said ” we request that INEC make a forensic audit into where they have failed.

“We request this because it is clear that in many locations where the card readers supposedly failed, the polling officials did not follow INEC guidelines on the usage of Smart Card Readers.

The report also urged the police to be more proactive in curbing the menace of vote buying and ballot box stuffing as was observed in many parts of Anambra state.

The 78 paged report is billed to be submitted to INEC for necessary action.