CSO Urges Security Agencies To Arrest, Prosecute Ekiti Polls Vote Buyers

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

As the much expected Ekiti state gubernatorial election holds on Saturday, a Civil Society organization (CSO), Situation room, has called on the security agencies that would monitor the poll not to hesitate to arrest and ‎prosecute whoever seen buying votes from the electorate.

The body however commended the Independent National Electoral Commission ‎(INEC) and the security agencies on the peaceful and orderly manners with which sensitive materials that would be deployed for the conduct of the election were distributed on Friday.

Situationroom coalition consists of credible CSOs like; Cleen ‎Foundation, Centre for Democracy and Development(CDD), Youth
Initiative for Advocacy, Police and Legal Advocacy Centre(PLAC), among others.

Briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital during its first preliminary on the Ekiti governorship election,the Chairman of the Coalition, Clement Nwankwo, said the menace of monetized politics should be addressed in t‎he country to sanitise the electoral system.

It urged security agencies to shun act of intimidation on the day of election to prevent apathy and that the 30,000 personnel deployed in Ekiti must be evenly spread to ensure safety across all the towns and v‎illages.

“We have made recommendations to the security agencies on how to tackle vote buying . It is a serious electoral offence that must not be allowed in our country.

“So, our security must be up and doing and remain committed to the success of this poll”, he advised.

Nwankwo commended the security agencies for sustaining peace on the eve of the election, describing this as a sign that the election will
be order and credible.

It observed that “The political parties must conduct themselves in a manner that does not encourage violence by their supporters, as they ‎will be held liable for their activities that trigger violence.

“We call on the security agencies , including Army, police and other arms to assure election observers and electorate of their personal safety and urges voters to go out and peacefully to cast their votes in exercise of their constitutional rights to be part of democratic
process.

The body reiterated that all elections must demonstrate the highest possible commitment from the security services to support INEC in completing i‎ts constitutional role of organizing credible elections that can inspire continued public confidence.

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