Clerics Condemn Vote Buying, Insists On Credibility At Elections
. Ministry partners INEC against electoral fraud
Clerics Condemn Vote Buying, Insists On Credibility At Elections – Anglican Bishop of Lagos West, Rt. Rev. James Odedeji, has condemned vote buying, calling on political parties and their members to desist from cutting corners, especially in the 2019 elections.
While inaugurating the 2019 Election Sensitization, Mobilization and Observation Committee in the diocese yesterday, the cleric regretted the role politicians played in the Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections recently.
In Ekiti, the All Progressives Congress (APC) dislodged the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) amid brazen votes buying, while the Osun edition was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Urging Nigerians to obtain their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) and vote credible and god-fearing candidates in 2019, Odedeji counseled the electorate to reject any money given to them by politicians to buy their conscience.
Also, the founder of Kingdom Power International Ministry Christian Praying Church, Ohez Azuka, has urged Nigerians and INEC to build on credibility towards elections in the country.
The senior pastor said Nigerians who get involved in vote-buying prove to be as cheap as N2,000.
Azuka said during the church’s 20 Sundays programme tagged ‘Jehovah our Ebenezer: The Stone of Our Help’ that the power to change Nigeria lies with the electorate, if they vote for individuals with competence rather than for political party.
Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Communications has said that it would partner INEC to explore Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in reducing electoral malpractices in the country.
The minister, Adebayo Shittu, said in Abuja yesterday that the collaboration would provide the needed platform for stakeholders to brainstorm on harnessing ICT in advancing the country’s electoral process.
In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, he said that the coming Electronic Campaigns Marketing Summit 2018 with the theme ‘The Role of ICT in Electoral Process Management and Marketing Communications’ would facilitate the use of ICT as a key tool in checking electoral fraud.
The summit is scheduled for October 2 and 3 in Abuja.
According to Shittu, the summit also aims at increasing public confidence in the country’s electoral process, using appropriate and cost-effective technology.