AFRI-CIRD Sensitizes the Public on Vote Buying and Selling at Aminci Radio, Kano State

In line with AFRI-CIRD’s effort of promoting democracy, particularly through strengthening the electoral process, the Chief Executive Officer AFRI-CIRD (Mohammed Bello) today Wednesday 17th September 2018, was on an indigenous radio programme by Aminci Radio Kano State entitled ‘Ankwana Lafiya?’ The programme which lasted for one hour discussed the underlying implications of vote buying and selling, and more specifically the implications for electoral credibility, quality of leadership, non-violence free elections, national security, and national development. It also highlighted on strategic measures of curtailing the increasing trend, particularly through strict adherence by INEC to the provisions of Electoral Act 2010 (Sections 124, 126, 129, 130 & 150(2)as amended), increase collaboration between INEC and grassroots network for more sensitization and awareness creation especially at the grassroots, establishment of ‘Electoral courts’ for immediate trial of offenders, and increased synergy between law enforcement agencies (EFCC, ICPC & Police) and INEC towards effective enforcement of electoral laws provisions. More engagements of traditional and religious institutions by INEC, while leveraging on their influence for purpose of sensitization and awareness creation on the dangers of vote buying and selling were also part of the recommendations.