Police, INEC warn against vote buying in C’River bye-election
The Cross River State Police Command and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have cautioned against vote buying in the forthcoming House of Assembly bye-election in the state.
Commissioner of Police (CP), Hafiz Inuwa, gave the warning at a stakeholders meeting organised by INEC in Calabar following the vote buying that characterised the Ekiti State governorship poll.
He said anyone caught buying or selling votes in the upcoming bye-election for the Obudu State Constituency of the House of Assembly would be arrested and prosecuted.
Inuwa urged politicians to show maturity and play strictly by the rules, insisting that any attempt to disrupt the election slated for August 11, would not be tolerated.
While giving assurances that the police would do their job without fear or favour, he maintained that anyone caught circumventing the electoral process would be severely dealt with.
Speaking, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Frankland Briyai, described vote buying as a menace to democracy and promised to work with security agencies to check the ugly trend.
He said INEC was prepared for the election and would do everything possible to ensure that it succeeds, adding that the commission would provide a level playing field for all in a free and fair manner.
He explained that the election would be held in 107 polling units in the 10 wards of Obudu Local Council, saying only those who voted in the 2015 elections and who collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) as at December 2017 were eligible to vote in the bye-election.
The Obudu State Constituency seat in the House of Assembly became vacant following the death of former representative of the constituency, Ukpukpen Stephen Akomaye.
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