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EU seeks probe into allege vote buying in Ekiti election

A Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and to the ECOWAS says allegations of vote-buying in the just concluded governorship elections need to be addressed and followed up. 

In a statement, the EU congratulates all stakeholders and the people of Ekiti on the peaceful conduct of the poll.

It encourages voters, and in particular the youth and women, to sustain their participation beyond the elections by holding candidates accountable for their campaign promises.

The EU Delegation commends INEC on improved logistics, including early deployment of personnel and essential materials in the majority of the polling units, better functioning of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS and efficient electronic transmission of polling unit results to INEC’s results viewing portal. 

It also commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for the actions taken in Ekiti and encourages INEC to fully implement provisions on financial control over political parties in line with the recommendations of the 2019 EU Election Observation Mission.

It states that as Nigeria will go to the polls for its seventh general elections since the return to civilian rule, the EU Delegation encourages eligible voters, and youth in particular, to register and collect their PVCs and to turn out on election day.

The EU says a mega-concert will take place on Saturday 25th June in Abuja with the participation of celebrities and influencers to encourage voters’ participation, following one of such which held in Lagos on 11th June. 

Reporting by Hamza Alkali, editing by Daniel Adejo