Ekiti: UK concerned about vote-buying

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Ekiti: UK concerned about vote-buying

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The United Kingdom (UK) has expressed concerns about the of vote-buying in last ’s governorship election.

It called on the relevant authorities to prosecute those allegedly involved in the practice, stressing that there is no for buying and of in a democracy.

The UK made its stand known in a statement by Ndidiamaka Eze, Press & Public Affairs Officer | Comms Lead, Prosperity and Economic Development | Foreign Commonwealth and Development .

The statement reads partly: “We are concerned about of vote-buying during the election and call on the relevant authorities to hold any persons involved accountable. The buying and of have no place in a democracy.”

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On the general of the election, UK said it noted commendable improvement on the part of the empire.

“Our team of observers on the ground noted commendable improvements in the electoral process including the timely opening of polls, better functioning of the Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) devices for accrediting voters, and the transparent and efficient transmission of polling unit results to INEC’s results viewing portal.

“We congratulate the people of Ekiti State for their peaceful and democratic participation in the governorship election that was held on Saturday 18 June 2022. As the first major election conducted since the enactment of the Electoral Act 2022, we commend the Independent National Electoral (INEC), security agencies, our society partners and all stakeholders for their collective effort in the successful conduct of the under the new legal framework.

“We urge any or who is dissatisfied with the process to seek redress in a peaceful and through the appropriate legal .

“We encourage INEC to reflect on other potential improvements to the electoral process ahead of general elections in 2023, especially the re- and assignment of voters to newly established polling units to reduce queuing , better awareness and implementation of electoral guidelines by INEC staff and improved accessibility at polling units to help with the participation of persons with disabilities.”

The United Kingdom also urged Nigerians to and collect their Permanent Cards (PVCs) to participate actively in the process.

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