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ICPC Expands Partnership To Tackle Vote Buying

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is set to partner with relevant stakeholders to curb vote buying during elections in the country.

Mr Femi Gold, the commission’s Chief Superintendent, Public Enlightenment, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said beyond the arrest and prosecution of vote buyers, the ICPC was intensifying sensitisation campaign in collaboration with stakeholders against the menace.

Gold spoke against the backdrop of a recent study on why people buy and sell votes in Nigeria, conducted by an NGO, Good Governance Awareness Initiative.

The official said while the commission would continue to arrest vote traders, adding that sensitisation was key in curbing the illegal act.

Gold said as part of the efforts, the ICPC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Independent National Electoral Commission to strengthen the campaign against vote buying.

He advised Nigerians not to be influenced by anyone to sell their votes during the 2023 general elections, but rather use their votes according to their conscience.

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