Underage Voters: Don’t Blame Us–INEC

By Ikenga Chronicles February 14, 2018

Underage Voters: Don’t Blame Us–INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has said that they should not be blamed for the alarming rate of underaged voters in Kano State.

This came over the report by Election Observers that they witnessed voting by underaged citizens during the election that was held on Saturday, in Kano State.

However, in a statement by its Spokesperson, Oluwole Uzzi, on Tuesday, INEC said that the disturbing pictures of underaged voters from Kano State did not relate to any election it conducted or had responsibility for, thereby allaying fears over its capacity for credible elections.

Acknowledging the pictures of the underage voters, the Commission stated that: “As far as we can ascertain, they (the pictures) relate to a Local Government election conducted at the weekend (in Kano).”

“While the Commission remains resolute in our commitment to sanitise the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair, and credible elections, we cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for a process outside our legal purview,” INEC said.

“On our part, INEC assures the public that we are doing all we can to ensure a credible election.”