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ICPC Grab INEC Official Over Vote Buying

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A yet-to-be-identified official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducting the election in Imo State has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) over a cache of money said to have been found in his possession.

It was gathered that the money was offered to the INEC official who was on duty at Polling Unit 005, Township Primary School, Ikenegbu 1, in the Owerri Municipal LGA by officials of one of the participating political parties.

GWG.ng reports that the identity of the political party and the INEC official involved have yet to be disclosed.

GWG.ng had earlier reported how unknown gunmen visited a local polling area where they grabbed more than N1.5 million from officials of a political party who were involved in vote buying.

The ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had earlier disclosed that they were dispatching their officials to monitor the elections with a view of curtailing the incident of vote-buying.

Meanwhile, the arrest of the INEC official by the ICPC came as Mr Udengs Eradiri, the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Bayelsa, lamented the extent of vote-buying during the voting exercise.

“The level of vote-buying is overwhelming,” Eradiri said while commenting on the general conduct of the election.

Eradiri who spoke at Agudama-Ekpetiama, Yenagoa Local Government Area, claimed that he was even approached to step down, but declined.

He said he was particularly disappointed about the open cases of vote-buying, because his campaign was partly devoted to educating the people not to sell their votes.

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