Vote Buying On A New Level In Osun Election - Monitors

The Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF) and the Gender and Election Watch (GEW) in collaboration with the European Union Support to Democratic Governance (EUSDGN) yesterday said the menace of vote buying has taken a new twist.

Addressing reporters after the conclusion of the state governorship election, the CEO of NWTF, Mufuliat Fijabi, said in spite of the effort of INEC to curb the menace, the shameful act “seems to have continued using creative, discreet and advanced means.”

Fijabi said the observation of the NWTF and GEW was informed by reports of the two bodies’ 63 deployed observers.

According to her, the report also showed that there was a impressive turn out of people for the exercise, adding considerable number of women were sighted participating in the election.

They advised that there should be strict measures to detect and hold accountable vote buyers and sellers who are rubbishing Nigeria's electoral value(s).