CSOs cam­paign against vote buy­ing in A/Ibom

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ini­abasi Umo, Uyo

Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOs) in Akwa Ibom State yes­ter­day said they had be­gun door-to-door sen­si­ti­za­tion cam­paigns against vote buy­ing in the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

The chair­man of Akwa Ibom Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions Fo­rum, Mr. Harry Udoh, said the sen­si­ti­za­tion which would be done in the lo­cal di­alect in com­mu­ni­ties was nec­es­sary to stop a re­peat of cases of vote buy­ing as it hap­pened in Ek­iti and Osun elec­tions where vot­ers sold their votes for N4, 000 and N7, 000.

Udo com­mended the state of­fice of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion for re­lo­cat­ing 22 polling units hid­den in pri­vate res­i­dences of politi­cians and other lo­ca­tions in the state.

He said pre­vi­ous elec­tions in the state and the coun­try in gen­eral were marred by mas­sive rig­ging, vi­o­lence and vot­ers in­tim­i­da­tion; while votes were awarded to the win­ners of the 2015 elec­tions.

He stated that there were ru­mours, talks and plans of pri­vate armies raised by politi­cians in the state to pros­e­cute their un­holy ac­tiv­i­ties in next year’s elec­tions, and call­ing on se­cu­rity agen­cies to check­mate the im­pend­ing dan­ger.

“For us at the civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions fo­rum we will keep en­gag­ing to en­sure that we ed­u­cate the masses not to sell their votes. We will keep at it un­til the peo­ple know that they should not sell their votes. We will keep at it un­til we get to the place where elec­tions are is­sue­based and the peo­ple will be able to in­ter­ro­gate the politi­cians to elect the peo­ple of their choice,” he said.

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