Earlier, Senate President Bukola Saraki had welcomed the National Assembly Joint Committee on INEC to the one-day event, even as the Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif, led the opening prayer and welcomed the Bukola Saraki, House Speaker Yakub Dogara, senators and honourable members.
Saraki said: “I have the pleasure of welcoming you all to this One-Day Public Hearing on Vote Buying and Improving Electoral Processes in Nigeria, organised by the Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
The chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif, led the opening prayer and welcomed Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, senators and honourable members.
Nazif, in his welcome address, said: “Any person who processes fake voters card or violates the rules and regulation is liable to five-year imprisonment.”
According to him, it is not only the responsibility of the legislators, but the executive, police, Armed Forces and other agencies are also to ensure credible elections.
In his welcome address, Speaker Dogara said: “I am delighted to address you on this public hearing. This is one of the important issues of the moment that needs to be addressed before the 2019 general elections.
“For election to be qualified under a democratic government, it must be free, fair and credible. The recent phenomenal and direct buying of votes is very disheartening. As citizens, we must not surrender to this criminality.
“Vote-buying and other criminal electoral process have left our citizen in disaster because they are ruled by fear, rather than challenging them.
“The purpose of this public hearing is to enable all of us to interrogate the issue and proffer solutions in order to ensure that every vote counts.”
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