Actress Ini Edo has recently been forced to defend against allegations that she rigged votes in a recent online voting system; to determine the best actress at the 2011 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). Edo has vehemently denied these allegations including ones levied from fellow industry mates.
On twitter, she wrote during America’s Thanksgiving celebrations, ” I did not rig de votes or use any software to raise my votes, I came on tweeter and my fb page and asked my fans to vote 4 me. I heard some even went on air and announced. This allegation is a calculated attempt to smear my name for whatever reasons.to all my fans who voted, thank you. I appreciate all your support and love, Godbless.”-Ini Edo
Supposedly, according to a tweet from a local journalist in Nigeria, AFRIFF organizers have ruled “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the integrity of their voting system was compromised. If such ruling is indeed true, then AFRIFF needs to work harder to ensure its voting systems is not so easily manipulated.
““I have been monitoring this voting since it started and it beats my imagination that actress Iniobong Edos votes rose from 2586 to 6693 votes in less than a fraction of a second! I am definitely not implying anything but what happened speaks for itself and at this point i would say that the award is a sham, a big lie and a cotton over the eyes of innocent voters.
They should tear down the bloody polls and let us concentrate on something else!” – Stella Dimokokorkus/Journalist
I fail to see why it is hard to believe that Ini Edo might not have had anything to do with the voting system being rigged?
Can’t both exists? That is, the poll was rigged and Ini Edo never sanctioned, approved or much less knew that there was rigging going on?
Whatever the conclusion, the bottom line is that organizers have to come up with a better system that has all the necessary security measures so voting is not easily compromised in the future. As it stands, for a very young film festival, this is highly distracting and calls into question the credibility of the award event.
See tweets exchanged back and forth, courtesy TalkofNaija.com.