|*Scenes from the Anambra election. Here Voters are given food at one of the polling booth|
The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) says at least N1.5 billion was used in buying votes by some of the political parties that participated in last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.
The statement signed by the group’s Board Chairman, Emeka Umeagbalasi; Head, Democracy and Good Governance Programme, Chinwe Umeche, Esq.; and Head, Civil Liberties and Rule of Law Programme, Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq. Intersociety, however, commended stakeholders who ensured the successful conduct of the election, even as it highlighted challenges arising from the polls and and how best to tackle them.
“Using the State’s 4,608 polling booths, it may most likely be correct to say that up to N1.5B or more was shared in the entire 4,608 polling booths in Anambra State in the just concluded Governorship Poll.”
“Huge sums were criminally expended in “buying voters” and “voluntary party allowances/logistics” of electoral conductors and security agents posted to each of the 4,608 polling booths in the State,” the Onitsha, Anambra-based Intersociety, which monitored the election, said in a detailed statement issued on Tuesday.