#EdoDecides: Buying and selling of votes under police watch | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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Reports have it that despite security presence at the polling units, transactions on buying and selling of votes continued unhindered in some units monitored on Wednesday.


It was observed at Igueke community, in Orhiowon Local Government Area, a crowd of young men distributing cash to influence voting in the early hours of Wednesday.

Some of the voters at unit 26 and 27 in Iduenbo Ward, would first visit the distributor of the cash encircled by members of the group before going to queue for voting.
In Auchi, Etsakor West local government, the practice is rampant, as cash was distributed openly to voters.

It was also gathered that the voters first received N1000 before queuing. They got a balance of N1000 after voting for the candidate who paid the money.

An observer who spoke to newsmen on Wednesday said the practice was rampant at units 7, 9 and 10 Ward 1.

“As I speak to you now, they are doing it and as I talk to you, they are hearing me talking to you about,” he said.

But the Social Democratic Party has lamented the use of funds to buy votes in the election.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Oshiobugie Bonvist, said he had observed the buying of votes himself at different polling units.
“The election is very peaceful and orderly except the buying of votes,” Mr. Bonvist said.
“They are sharing N2000 each and I observe that it is the ruling APC that is doing it right now.”

He noted that the election is going well and hoped that it would remain so until the end of the election.

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