INEC has announced a new measure on ballot paper handling at polling units, to check vote buying in the 2019 general elections.
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, who spoke at a public hearing on ‘Vote Buying and Improving Electoral Processes in Nigeria’ in Abuja on Monday, said in the 2019 polls, the ballot papers would be handed to voters rolled up before they proceed to the polling booths to cast their votes.
According to the INEC Chairman, voters in turn must also roll up and flatten the ballot papers before leaving the polling booths to drop them in the ballot boxes. He further argued that this will guard against the electorate, displaying thump-printed ballot papers to agents of vote buyers at the polling units.
“Since 1999, we have had several confessional statements by many partisan actors on how an electoral process is subverted and voters and electoral personnel are induced.
“They do this through food items, kitchen utensils, automobiles, electrical appliances, clothing toiletries, sandwich and so on.
“By sandwich I am not talking about food. There is a way candidates induce voters using two slices of bread; sandwiched in between the two slices is a currency note,” NAN quoted him as saying.