Vote Buying is a threat to our democracy.
“I was there in Ekiti to monitor elections and I heard a lot of reports of alleged vote buying and we are convinced that some vote-buying went on. I condemn it. Vote buying is illegal; it is against the law, it is just as vote rigging, it is just as bad as ballot stuffing”
From the streets of Isan Ekiti to the wonderful city of Ado Ekiti, you would see people gathered in group recounting the stories of how much they realized during the just concluded July 14 governorship election.
Their experiences and stories had drawn international attention with a lot of condemnation, not just from the British high commissioner, but mostly from people who love and support democracy.
Apart from being a danger to democracy, vote buying threatens all forms of developmental process and put the people at the mercy of politicians who may hide under the little inducement they give to them during the campaign and election period to steal billions of naira, thereby living them in perpetual hunger and poverty.
As an organisation who is against all form of election malpractices, we condemned vote buying in its entirety and we are willing and ready to work out modalities to ensure that we stamp out vote buying completely from our election process.
We will hope to engage politicians, civil society organisation, and Nigerians to find a lasting solution to the menace of vote buying. Because we are very sure that the only way we can achieve greatness as a country is through a credible electoral process which is free and FAIR to all.