Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will not allowed the monetization of votes during the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship poll.
INEC National Commissioner in-charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Osun states, Solomon Soyebi, gave this indication at a stakeholders forum in ado Ekiti.
Soyebi, assured that the July 14 polls will not be cash-and-carry basis, as was the case in the Edo, Anambra and Ondo State governorship polls, which according to him, was largely monetized.
According to him, politicians offered N5,000 for a vote during the polls in the three states.+
He said, “The elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra States were largely monetized. We are aware of this. It was see and buy, but it won’t happen in Ekiti.
“It was N5,000 per vote in Ondo and Anambra States. We are working with security agencies not to allow it to happen again. We even seized some cash in Anambra State.
“In Ekiti election, we won’t allow any vehicle to come near the polling units because the politicians used to keep the money in the booth. With this, it will reduce because politicians can’t carry large amount in their pockets.”
The INEC commissioner explained that the agency is working with security agencies to prevent such occurrence in the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State.