Why underage voters were registered – INEC
15 February 2018 National
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says underage voters are being registered in some parts of the country because the lives of registration officers are being threatened by some members of the communities.
The Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, who disclosed this while answering questions over pictures and videos on the social media showing children registering and voting in northern Nigeria, during a live broadcast, explained that when officials refused to register underage persons, their lives were threatened by members of the communities and they eventually yielded.
Osazze-Uzzi said INEC had received reports from some members of the National Youth Service Corps taking part in the exercise, who reported that parents came along with their children claiming that they were over 18 and usually forced registration officers to register the underage children.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to review and sanitize its voter register, particularly in Kano and Katsina states to check underage people from voting.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, the PDP, gave the advice while reacting to INEC position on current videos and pictures on social media platforms showing underage voting in the state.
According to Ologbondiyan, the videos and pictures are showing underage persons thumb-printing ballot papers and casting their votes during the last Saturday local government elections in Kano state, adding that Nigerians are losing confidence in the INEC.