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Vote-Buying Evil Force Endangering Democracy in Nigeria – Sanusi

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Vote-buying has been dubbed an evil force that threatens the integrity of the nation’s democratic process by former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

At Penpushing Media’s fourth anniversary lecture, “Social Media Regulation: Insecurity and Elections Accountability in Nigeria,” which was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Sanusi spoke virtually.

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Vote-buying, according to him, violates the principles of democracy and is disrespectful of both the democratic process and the integrity of the vote.

Sanusi voiced special concern over the exhibition of thumb-printed ballots by voters as proof that they had exchanged their votes for political favors.

As Nigerians applaud the lawmakers for changing the law, he continued, “We must urge all Nigerians to be alert and for institutions to respect their mandates while staying impartial and ensuring justice and fair play.

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“The practice of vote-buying, which violates the legislation requiring secret ballots, is one of the main ways that the new act subverts elections.

“The people and citizens of Nigeria must band together to guarantee the integrity of their votes and the secrecy of their elections. We must be certain that the people we choose to serve in office are those who were announced.

 

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