2023: No mobile phones, high security, how INEC will safeguard elections – Festus Okoye

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has implemented measures to reduce vote buying and promote transparency in advance of the elections in 2023.

On Tuesday, during the citizen’s elections dialogue organized by YIAGA Africa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Channels TV, Festus Okoye, the national commissioner of INEC, discussed the measures.


According to Okoye, the commission is dedicated to ensuring an accountable and transparent electoral process as part of its mandate.

“In terms of training of ad-hoc staff, we’ve given them very good training, and we’ll continue to train them on how to configure and position the voting cubicle to guarantee the secrecy of the votes.

“We have also made sure that people do not enter the voting compartments with their mobile phones that can take pictures, and we’re also collaborating with the different security agencies under the auspices of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security to make sure that plain clothe security personnel is deployed to some polling units on election day to stem the issue of vote buying and vote selling.

“It’s fashionable to grandstand relating to the commitment of the INEC to free, fair and transparent election. But you should also flip back and look at some of the political parties’ party primaries and how well they conducted them.

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