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OsunDecides: INEC’s ban of smartphones at polling centres reduces vote buying

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OsunDecides: INEC's ban of smartphones at polling centres reduces vote buying

The ban of the use of mobile phones and other recording devices in voting cubicles by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) largely reduced vote buying in the Osun governorship election, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) reports.

CDD monitored the poll in partnership with the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).

In their preliminary report of the election held on Saturday, the organisation also observed that in most of the polling units, voters complied with the policy, and in cases where attempts were made to violate the policy, law enforcement agents and INEC officials saw to its enforcement.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the arrest of a vote buyer identified as Sunday, at Polling Unit 03, Ward 06 of Ifedayo Local Government Area – later released by police officers in Osun State.

CDD-PTCIJ also observed in Ward 010, PU 004, Boripe LGA, a voter photographing ballot paper after voting in the presence of security personnel.
The report also said politicians deployed new tactics to perpetrate vote buying and selling during Osun Governorship election.

The groups further said despite the measures introduced by INEC to reduce vote buying in the election, politicians devised means to buy votes.

“As against the usual money sharing at the polling units, our observers said that the agents of the political parties are now collating names for payment after the vote.

“This was reported in Ede North Local Government Ward 11 polling unit 3, 4, 5 and 11, Ayedire Local government Ward 5, Polling Unit 005, Atapka Osogbo local government ward 005, polling unit 007. All the leading political parties in the elections are involved in this despicable acts of vote trading,” the report said.

While commending INEC for the introduction of tactile ballots in the elections, CDD-PTCIJ stated instances of lack of availability of magnifying glasses and materials in some polling units.

“The priority voting introduced by the commission enables several elderly, pregnant women to vote quickly. However the assistance of the elderly raised concerns amongst party agents who alleged that the elderly are being manipulated to vote for other parties.”

CDD-PTCIJ deployed about 180 trained observers across the 30 Local Governments (LGAs) in the state for the election. It described as impressive, the voter turnout compared to previous off-cycle elections.

As voting ends in many polling units across Osun State, collation of results from such polling units have started.

From the polling units, the results will next be collated at ward collation centres, and then at local government collation centres. The final, official result will be declared at the INEC secretariat in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

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Wrong Giving Can Make You Poor — Reno Omokri 

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Reno Omokri in his Nugget on Friday corrected the popular notion that giving can never make you poor.

The ex- aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan said that wrong giving can actually make one poor. Read below…

“It is a lie that no one has become poor by giving. Giving can make you rich, depending on who you give to.

For instance, you can never be poor if you give to God, your parents and the poor.

However, there are very many men who became poor by giving to girlfriends. A man has no obligation to look after his girlfriend.” He wrote.

Giving money to a girl you sleep with makes her more appropriately a prostitute, not a ‘friend’ #RenosNuggets

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Polls: Beware of Voodoo Dollars in Circulation, EFCC Warns Nigerians

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…Takes Campaign to BDC Operators

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 took its sensitization campaign to Bureaux de Change, BDC operators at the Wuse Zone 4 Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The EFCC team, which was led by ADC Aisha Larai Musa, Head, EFCC’s Creative Communications Unit, used the opportunity to warn the BDC operators on the dangerous trend of an influx of fake Dollar notes now in circulation.

Advising the operators to be at alert, Musa, urged them to be cautious because “as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.

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Woman shares testimony of how she found snake inside her house where her children slept

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A woman recently disclosed on Facebook God saved her children after she found a snake in her house.

The woman, who identified herself as Chisom Chiedozie said she found the snake inside her living room just few hours after she carried her children to their room from the mat they were sleeping on in the same room.

She shared:

“And you tell me there’s no God abi? just few minutes ago I saw this snake inside our living room. God has a way of saving his children, he is God and not man, this mat was on the floor few hours ago, my kids was laying on it then my kids slept I took them to the their room to sleep, what if the snake pentrated and bite them without me knowing, since they are asleep, what if the Gen is not on? What if I didn’t see it and it crawls inside the bedroom and hide somewhere?

My girl was even on the floor few minutes before we saw it, what would I have told her people, so many what if I swear, lately I enjoy sleeping on the mat cos of the hot weather, God saved me and my family, I can’t thank you enough father.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.”

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