The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dis-associated itself from videos and pictures that went viral on the social media platforms showing some under-aged persons voting and thumb-printing ballot papers in an election.
In a statement signed by the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC said the images do not relate in any way to any election organized, conducted or superintended by INEC.
“As far as the commission is concerned, the pictures and videos that went viral relate to a local government election conducted at the weekend; and over which INEC has no legal control or responsibility whatsoever,” the statement said.
“The Commission remain resolute in its commitment to sanitize the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections,” the statement added.
While protesting against the damage the images might have caused the Commission’s enduring legacy of conducting credible elections, INEC said, “The commission cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside its legal purview.
“It should be pointed out here that local government elections are exclusively the responsibility of the respective State Electoral Commissions. This is in no way under the control and supervision of INEC.” the statement added.
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