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Ekiti Guber Poll: Police reveal how to tackle vote-buying, selling

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The police has revealed how they intend to tackle the menace of vote-buying and vote-selling during the Ekiti State governorship election.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Johnson Kokumo, said that the police would rely majorly on information gathering.

While speaking on a programme on Channels Television, Sunrise Daily, Kokumo said; “The buyer and the seller are always in mutual agreement toward what they intend to do.

“We will rely heavily on information; we will rely heavily on intel. A seller of vote will not invite the police or make it known in public that he wants to sell his vote. The buyer will equally not make it known to the police that he wants to buy votes; so, it is always something that is done in total secrecy.”

Kokumo, who is leading over 17,000 police personnel and assets deployed for the election in Ekiti, assured residents that the force would do well to address their concerns in that regard.

“I want to assure the good people of Ekiti State that we have our men out there who are on surveillance, gathering information as regards this, and I want to urge members of the public that if you see something, try and say something.

“If you have information concerning those intending to buy votes and those intending to sell votes, reach out to us. We have emplaced adequate measures to check vote-buying, to check vote-selling, and we have the capacity to locate them wherever they are to effect their arrest, carry out our investigation, and process them through the judiciary; they have both committed an electoral offence for which they will be processed through the court.”

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