INEC committee reports alleged underage voting.

Alleged underage voting

INEC Committee reports alleged underage voting.

The Committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to scrutinize the charge of Underage Voting that trailed the Local Government Area elections conducted by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission has submitted its report.

The board in reference to a statement issued by INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi in Abuja, proposed his report to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday.

It quoted Mr. Ahmed Nahuche, Chairman of the committee, while presenting the report to Yakubu, as saying meticulous and wide meeting with stakeholders were made by the committee.

The committee was installed by INEC in February, to examine the claim of underage voting which was supposedly associated with the Voters’ Register in Kano.

Nahuche said that in carrying out the duty, the board consulted with significant stakeholders through visitations and cooperative sessions.

“The cooperative sessions included Civil Society Organizations, political parties, print and electronic media organizations as well as security agencies.

“The board, in the course of the meeting and interactive sessions, received a number of pictures, video clips, reports, documents and presentations from the stakeholders`.

“It instantly embarked on careful review and investigation of these materials in order to determine the actual link with KASIEC LGA elections.

“The committee also inspect the social media reports of pictures and video clips that triggered the outrage and the alleged participation of Underage Voting in the KASIEC LGA elections as a key area of focus for the investigation.

“The pictures and video clips were carefully analyzed by the committee,’’ he added.

Nahuche advised that the State Independent Electoral Commissions and political parties be encouraged to work towards improving electoral logistics to enhance the credibility of their respective processes and procedures.

He urged political parties to observe best practices for the sustenance of democracy.

Receiving the Report, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu commended the Committee for discharging the assignment diligently.

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Yakubu reiterated that the Commission was committed to ensuring that the voter register was purged of ineligible persons.“

“The credibility of the voter register is very important to the Commission; (and) that the outcome of the investigation, in the interest of transparency, would be shared with the general public.”

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