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Group alleges inducement of voters ahead of election


Ahead of the governorship election, a group, Youth Initiative For Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa) has expressed concern over alleged growing trend of voter inducement by politicians.

The group’s Project Director, Cynthia Mbamalu, made the observation during a media briefing on its pre-election findings yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital. Mbamalu said that YIAGA discovered that voter inducement through the distribution of money and gifts was visible in the state. She advised all electoral actors to urgently intensify campaign to discourage the ugly trend before and during the election.

According to her, the stakeholders, particularly political parties, have a role to play in curbing voter inducement and vote buying. YIAGA urged political parties and their candidates to act within the ambits of the law and also promote a positive political culture that would enhance peaceful election.

Mbamalu admonished the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and civil society organisation (CSOs) to sustain voter education, while the National Orientation Agency (NOA) should invest in the enlightenment scheme as part of its mandate

She urged electorate to collect their permanent voter’s card to enable them perform their civic duty on the day of the election. Mbamalu said the group, as a way of promoting electoral integrity, had trained 60 trainers to be deployed to all the 30 local government areas. The trainers would in turn train 500 polling unit observers and 32 roving observers.

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