Edo Election: All parties bought votes for N1,000 to N15,000 – CDD
A Nigerian based Civil Society Organization (NGO), the Centre for Democracy and Development(CDD) on Saturday condemned the high incidence of vote-trading recorded in the Edo State governorship election.
The organisation said reports from its observers on the field showed that politicians, in an attempt to circumvent the electoral process, used young girls as their contact with the voters for the trading.
CDD lamented that votes were sold for cash gifts from N1,000 to N15,000.
The Director of CDD, Idayat Hassan, who announced the development while a addressing newsmen in a press briefing on the preliminary report on the election said it was quite worrisome that “young girls were used for indirect vote-buying during the election.”
According to her, “We saw largely vote-buying in the Edo election, the most worrisome trend in this election is the level of sophistication at which politicians engaged in the anomaly of vote-buying.
“In some cases, votes were traded for Ankara materials, and cash gifts from N1,000 to N15,000, Spaghetti and other food items.”
CDD says it is disappointed at the outcomes of the elections despite the massive deployment of security personnel for the Edo Elections.