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Polls: NOA moves to tackle vote buying, selling

Garba Abari, Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has assured that the body would do everything humanly possible to tackle the cancer of vote buying and selling which he said are a breach of the law and a dent on the credibility of the nation’s electoral process.

He said that NOA would take her sensitisation exercise to all the 774 LGAs in the country to educate the voters on how to vote and vote correctly and also ensure that the physically challenged persons are not disenfranchised in the forth-coming elections.

Garba disclosed this when he flagged off a nationwide campaign against void votes in Owerri which had the theme “minimise the incidence of void (invalid) votes in 2019 General Elections in Nigeria.

With 91 political parties and almost 70 presidential candidates participating in the polls, the NOA DG said it had posed additional challenges on proper voter education.

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“The National Orientation Agency, in line with its mandate of public enlightenment and feedback from the public to government has identified certain traits in voter behaviours which if not tackled through mass sensitisation and awareness creation can slow down or at worst derail our democratic process,” he said.