The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have deployed officers to Kogi, Bayelsa and Imo States where governorship elections are holding today, November 11, 2023.
EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale said this is aimed at checkmating electoral fraud and associated financial crimes during the elections. He also said the commission’s monitoring operations are to tackle any form of voter’s inducement through vote buying, vote selling and other manipulation of the electoral processes at variance with the Electoral Act.
In a separate statement, the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua said the ICPC operatives have been deployed to the 56 local government areas and 649 wards to monitor and prevent vote buying and other electoral malpractices at the various polling units during the electoral exercise.
She said the monitoring exercise is a response to the invitation by the chairman of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for ICPC to participate in ensuring that the electoral processes in these three states are free and fair.