Anambra: TMG demands improved INEC equipment, end to vote-buying

Following the conclusion of the Anambra election, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), wants the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on its equipment especially the Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS).

The organisation also urged the leadership of the security agencies to investigate and charge to court all security operatives who engaged in violation of human rights and misconduct.

A statement on Wednesday by the Chairman, Auwal Rafsanjani, observed that the violence witnessed before the election caused low voter turnout.

Rafsanjani said the initial stand of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the presence of security operatives had an effect on participation.

He advised the government to strongly tackle insecurity in Nigeria so that the 2023 election will not witness similar voter apathy.

Rafsanjani confirmed vote buying occurred during the Anambra governorship poll, as people were seen “selling their votes for as low as N2,000”.

“In some cases, the security operatives looked away while vote-buying was going on at some polling units”, he noted.

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Director commended residents, especially women of Ebenebe community in Awka North, for resisting vote-buying.

Rafsanjani told Nigerians to emulate “the sterling example demonstrated by these heroines of the elections.”

TMG Vice-Chair, Miriam Menkiti lamented that the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation Machine (BVAM) and Card Readers did not function properly, frustrating electorates in the 21 local government areas.

Menkiti expressed disappointment about the high rate of the machines’ poor connection in various parts of the state despite INEC assurances.

“TMG appeals to INEC to live up to the task of providing smooth 2023 elections which will be cumbersome and overstretch the electoral empire,” she said.

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