The Convener of Election Situation Room, Clement Nwankwo has claimed that the Saturday’s Anambra Election was described with open votes purchasing as government officials transparently remunerated voters amid the decision.
Talking in Awka, the state capital, Nwankwo said the decision was generally serene however the most striking thing was the circumstance of votes-purchasing where immense measure of cash was spent by government officials to draw voters.
“The most striking with the election is the huge amount of money that’s been spent by the political parties openly bribing voters at the polling units. Some spent as much as N5,000 – N6,000 to pay for a single vote,” he said.
The race room convener, who bemoaned over the circumstance of open purchasing of votes saying it is truly disillusioning and a manhandle of constituent process, however extolled the police for being responsive.
“This is truly exceptional as far as the measure of cash spent purchasing votes of natives and it is truly frustrating to see this level of manhandle of appointive process and the mishandle on the point of confinement of consumption.
“The police have been very responsive. Places where incidents have occurred, they have been to react and nip some incidents in the bud. Unfortunately, the police have not been wide spread as we thought. They had promised 26,000 police personnel; I don’t think we had 26,000 police personnel on ground.’’
He likewise commended the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) for the reactions to the instances of card perusers glitch recorded
“’There were few cases of card readers malfunction but the response from INEC has been very good. There has been incidents of ballot box snatching but the number have been limited and I think that the fear about police over policing has been seriously minimised.
In spite of few instances of authorities carrying off vote papers and race materials including authorities turning up late, Nwankwo said the race was relatively peaceful.