INEC Sets Up Committee To Probe Alleged Underage Voting In Kano

People wait to vote at a polling station in Abuja during presidential elections on March 28, 2015. Problems with new technology forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote. AFP PHOTO / NICHOLE SOBECKINichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmoud Yakubu on Friday said a panel has been set up to investigate the alleged issue of underage registration and voting in Kano State.

Mahmoud said this during a workshop in Lagos. The workshop is attended by leading senior members of staff of the commission at a retreat on the 2019 election project implementation.

The decision to investigate the issue came after pictures of underaged voters in Kano State were circulated on social media recently. The images show children participating in the local council elections conducted across Kano State last weekend.

These pictures sparked reactions from Nigerians with many blaming the electoral umpire for irregularities.

The INEC boss during the workshop said he believes that the commission’s register is not compromised. He is also optimistic that the disagreement over the sequence of the elections will be resolved.

The investigative panel according to Mahmoud will start work next week. He added that the findings of the panel will be made public and assure Nigerians that the matter will be fully investigated.























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