Vote Buying: Biggest Threat To Democracy – INEC
Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Anambra State, has described vote-buying as another big threat to democracy that needed everyone to join hands with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to eradicate.
Orji, in an interview with newsmen, disclosed that the commission is considering re-arranging the way polling booths are positioned during elections to make it difficult for anybody to see the place a voter voted.
According to him, the measure comes against the backdrop of massive vote-buying reported in recent elections in the country, including the governorship election in Ekiti, which analysts said, was characterised by vote-buying.
“INEC cannot check the problem of vote buying alone. It is a crime that security agents, members of the public who collect the money and politicians who buy the votes must come together to tackle,” Orji said.