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INEC Promises Heavy Sanctions for Electoral Offenders

INEC Promises Heavy Sanctions for Electoral Offenders

The Independent National Electoral Commission has vowed to implement laws relating to vote-buying and selling saying perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

The Residents Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Dr. Mutiu Agboke gave the warning in Ibadan during stakeholder's meetings on the last and fourth of Continuous Voters Registration

The stakeholder's meeting brought together representatives of various political parties, civil society groups, religious leaders, and other government agencies.

Addressing the gathering, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Mutiu Agboke declared the readiness of the commission for the forthcoming general elections adding that the electorate should avoid double registration in the ongoing exercise.

He said the commission has put in place appropriate measures to curtail electoral malpractices noting that with the new electoral law, perpetrators of vote-buying and selling would face the full wrath of the law.

On voter registration, Agboke revealed that 188,789 eligible Nigerians have registered in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in the state.

He explained that though 212,727 registrants visited the commission's website during this fourth quarter of the exercise which began on April 11 and is expected to end on June 30, only the 188,789 registrants completed the exercise.

Stakeholders at the meeting declared their support for the commission before, during, and after the general elections while they appealed to the electorate for their full cooperation.

As of today, about 756,995 PVCs are yet to be collected by their respective owners and are still in the custody of the commission.

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