From Dianabasi Effiong
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offence Commission (ICPC) has charged youths and the electorate to resist the temptation of vote selling and or allowing their conscience to be bought through monitory inducements by corrupt politicians.
The acting chairman of (ICPC) represented by the zonal commissioner Rivers State command, , stated this at a one day campaign against vote buying and other electoral malpractices held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. The Acting Chairman pointed out that vote buying and or vote selling are acts of corruption which falls within the mandate of the commission and that the commission would rely on the provisions of the ICPC Act 2000 to prosecute electoral malpractices.
He urge youths to be agents of positive change and to resist being used to commit electoral malpractices rather to work towards electorate transparency and good governance.
In this welcome address, the organizer of the program Dr Okezie kelechukwu urged participant to have an eye to the future and what future to bequeath to their children and generation unborn. He stated that the aim of the program is to drawn attention to the evil of corruption and to solicit collective energy to resisting these grave evil in the electoral process in Nigeria.
Highlight of the event was the taking of the pledge to resist Vote buying and stand for integrity by the electorate The event witnessed goodwill messages and presentation of papers from Resource Persons drawn from the academia, ICPC, legal profession, CSO’s, clergy, and the national Orientations Agency (NOA).