The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it will partner with Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies to stop vote-buying in the June 18, governorship election in Ekiti.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said this on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti during a meeting with traditional rulers in the state ahead of the election in the state.
NAN reports that the commission would partner with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to ensure that voters are not induced by candidates or political parties.
He assured that the commission would not condone vote-buying in the coming election in Ekiti as it has been observed in some primaries conducted by some political parties in the country recently.
According to him, the only important condition for a credible election is for it to be free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful.
The INEC chairman said that was why the commission considered it important to meet with the royal fathers in the state to seek their support for a peaceful election.
Mr Yakubu commended the traditional rulers for the peaceful atmosphere he met in Ekiti.
He further urged Ekiti eligible residents to come out and vote on the election day; stressing that their votes count.
“The commission will continue to work and prepare for a peaceful and credible election,’’ Mr Yakubu assured.