Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has sought the collaboration of anti-graft agencies to check the trend of vote trading ahead of 2019 general elections.
Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr. Mutiu Agboke made this known in Ibadan, when he paid courtesy visit to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences, ICPC, and Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Responding, State Commissioner, ICPC, Oyo State, Mr. Stephen Pimor noted that the agency would deal with any form of corrupt practices, and was also ready to partner INEC to ensure free, fair and credible polls in 2019.
In a similar reaction, Zonal Head, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa who explained that the commission was worried by the trend of monetizing electoral process, stated that effective collaboration of stakeholders would end the menace.
Mr. Bawa added that EFCC would not relent in its fight against corruption.
The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mutiu Agboke noted that with the general elections fast approaching, there was the need for the commission to collaborate with stakeholders to check already established electoral malpractices and evolving ones.
He explained that due to effectiveness of INEC, forms of electoral malpractices which included ballot snatching had been relegated, a situation which forced desperate politicians to opt for vote buying.
The Oyo REC maintained that the essence of the visit was to seek collaboration of the agencies in prosecuting vote traders and to also monitor political parties’ activities and their expenses to eradicate corruption.
Mr. Agboke added that the commission was also putting mechanisms in place to ensure that individuals in possession of huge amount of money during the election would be arrested.