The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is partnering with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Matters Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to check vote-buying in Rivers State.
INEC said it has sensitised youths in various villages in the country to monitor and report anyone involved in electoral malpractices during the elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Johnson Alalibo Sinikiem, spoke on Monday in Port Harcourt during the opening ceremony of the 2023 Correspondents’ Week organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
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Sinikiem, who was represented by the Head, Voter Education and Publicity, Mark Usulo, said with the new Electoral Act, anyone found with a permanent voter’s card (PVC) that did not belong to him or her risked jail term.
He said security agencies, especially the police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been briefed to watch for people in possession of PVCs that are not theirs.