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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Consequences Of Selling Voter's Card Stressed

Buying and selling of voters’ card seems to be a major challenge facing elections in Nigeria.

Voters’ card is obtained by an eligible voter at a registration centre where such a person is registered as a voter.

Without it, a voter cannot cast his vote during elections.

However, selling of voters’ card by some voters to candidates contesting election has denied the people their right to choose leaders of their choice during elections.

Commenting on this ugly development, the Dean, faculty of Social Sciences, Chukwukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam campus, Professor Okechukwu Nwankwo, identified ignorance and non enforcement of the criminal code and the provisions of the electoral Act on selling of voters’ card.

Professor Okechukwu called on the Independent National Electoral commission and various agencies saddled with the responsibility of addressing selling of voters card to embark on political education to sensitize eligible voters on the negative implications of selling their voters card.

In his contribution, the Dean School of Post Graduate Studies, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam Campus Professor Obiajulu Obikeze who observed that poverty is responsibility for the criminal act advised the people to tackle poverty by choosing their leaders based on their ability and not based on primordial factors like money.

Some eligible voters who spoke to the ABS Mr Stephen Odigbo and Miss Ogechukwu Onwuchekwa believe that selling their voters card is the only opportunity for them to get their own national cake from the leaders, since when leaders are elected, people no longer have access to them except in public functions or when they are passing by.

By Chukwuemeka Modilim

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