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Track sources of campaign funds, INEC urges EFCC

Track sources of campaign funds, INEC urges EFCC

Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, said partnership between Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would strengthen Nigeria's democracy.

Through the NCC, INEC says it is getting in touch with telecommunications operators for the necessary connectivity to ensure that results of elections from each of the 119,973 polling units nationwide are electronically transmitted, including scanned images of result sheets.

The chairman further described as "unfortunate" the unchecked cases of politicians who throng polling units with money or food to buy votes during elections. Our democracy should never be for sale in the open market. "The electoral act places limit as to the amount party and individual can spend on an election and also the amount friends of the candidates or party can contribute in any election".

"We hope to be working closely with the EFCC".

His comment came just after the announcement of a collaborative meeting between INEC and EFCC on Thursday in Abuja.

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"For me, I believe that INEC is also fighting corruption though not in the same way that the EFCC is doing it, but through conducting of credible election". "I want to ‎assure Nigerians that INEC will remain an unbiased umpire". We are here to work for Nigerian people. "It is the right of Nigerians to vote for whoever and that will be upheld by INEC", he said.

"We are similarly aware that NIGCOMSAT has the capacity for Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcasting, multimedia, video streaming, hotspot, event services, in-door and outdoor electronic message display".

Kukuri, therefore, urged all the political parties to join hands to fight against corruption in the electoral process "for clean and acceptable elections and growth of democracy in Nigeria". Corruption is disaster because it has done much damage to this country.

He, however, said most of the officials of INEC were not corrupt but honest people, adding that at least 7,000 officials were promoted for their honesty and diligence a year ago. "That is why I said fight corruption whichever way you want to fight it".