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We Have Placed Top Politicians Under Surveillance To Check Vote-Buying - EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is tracking financing of campaign by political parties, as part of new measures to tackle vote-buying.

Wilson Uwajuren, EFCC spokesman, said this in a statement on Friday. He said the anti-graft agency is out to prosecute anyone involved in the practice of vote-buying.

Uwajuren said those offering financial inducements for votes as well as those receiving such money would be held culpable and prosecuted.

Nigeria’s elections have been seriously marred with financial inducements, the last of such being the Ekiti state governorship election.

Uwajuren said the commission had mobilised its investigative resources to monitor campaign financing by political parties in Osun.

“As part of the commission’s proactive efforts in securing the integrity of the electoral process and preventing the exercise from being used as avenue for money laundering, the EFCC has already launched massive, but discreet, surveillance of the financial flows of all the actors in the various political parties,” the statement read.

“The tracking process which is ongoing, will continue till all the scheduled elections are concluded.”

He quoted Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the commission, as saying the move is part of a collaborative initiative that will see the EFCC join forces with other law enforcement agencies to enforce compliance of provisions of the electoral act which criminalises financial inducement by political parties and their candidates.

“We will be working with all stakeholders especially from the security and intelligence community to stop the practice of vote buying and other financial malpractices that undermine the integrity of our elections,” Magu was quoted as saying.