Just as the election in Anambra is greeted with Bimodal Voter Accreditation Systems (BVAs) malfunctioning and late arrival of personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Situation Room, an observer group monitoring the election has reported vote-buying.
Although it did not state the party involved in the vote buying, giving the update on its Twitter page, Situation Room posted; “Time: 1:02pm LGA: Ogbaru Ward: 015 PU: 017 Report: Environment is rowdy and vote buying is going on at the rate of N2,000 per vote”.
Recall, Adopt A Goal for Development Initiative and Youth and Students Advocates for Development Initiative had noted that “the minimum financial cost of one vote is N1.44m”.
The groups had in a press statement said; “To understand the significance of your vote, we use the value of minimum of wage for four years which we would put modestly at N1.44 million.
“So if anyone is offering you less than this amount (N30, 000 × 12 × 4) for a vote at the very minimum, then you are being heavily shortchanged”.