INEC to Check Vote Buying with App

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An application to check vote-buying and other irregularities have been introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
With the application, Nigerians can also be election observers and report events live from the polling booths/stations.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Board of The Electoral Institute, Mustapha Leeky explained that the application can be downloaded from the Commission’s website or from Google Play Store.
The application, he said, can also help INEC in identifying areas where there are challenges.
Lecky said the new application was introduced to check the issue of vote buying by politicians witnessed during the last governorship elections in some states.
The Commissioners who spoke during a workshop on electoral security training in Abuja said:
“We have deployed something that most of you media men are paying little regards to; and that is the fact, as at today, if you go to INEC website or Google Play Store, you can download an INEC i-reporter which is something that INEC has spent a lot of money in developing.
“It allows every Nigerian to be an observer and a reporter of events as it happens. This, you can download freely, and have it on your smart phones. So, you can take pictures, you can also take a short video and send it to us.
“It is geo-reference, so we know exactly where that issue is taking place and we can easily draw the attention of police or other security agencies to make sure that the matter is actually addressed.”
He added that other measures have been introduced by the Commission to address the issue of vote buying in 2019 election.


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