The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described as untrue allegation of underage voting in the recently held local government elections in Kano State.
Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) had on February 10th this year conducted elections for the 44 chairmanship and 484 councillorship positions in the state, where allegations of underage voting were raised among social commentators and political stakeholders.
Whereas the elections were conducted by KANSIEC, many political commentators and stakeholders hurriedly linked the election to INEC, arguing that since the voter register is compiled by the INEC, it should be held responsible for the prevalence of ineligible persons on the national register of voters.
LEADERSHIP investigation yesterday revealed that the committee set up by the INEC to look into the allegation has described the allegation as untrue.
Recall that the national chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, had set up an eight-man committee headed by Engr. Abubakar Nahuce, to among others, ascertain if the Voter Register requested by the KANSIEC was actually used for the election and investigate the widespread allegations that persons below the statutory age of 18 years voted using INEC’s voter register.
However, an impeccable source close to the commission yesterday told LEADERSHIP that while the committee was yet to make its report public, its findings indicated that the pictures which surfaced on the social media of minors voting at the elections were either photo shopped or were taken during previous elections other than the February 10, elections in Kano.
According to the source “The generic clip circulated on the social media shows a collection of still pictures interchangeably presented as evidence of underage voter registration or actual voting in the Kano local government election”.
He added that some of the pictures sent on the social media were actually taken in Taraba in 2015, Nasarawa in 2011 and Sokoto in 2012.
It was also gathered that members of the investigative committee, in the course of their duties interacted with journalists, security agents, members of the civil society groups as well as political stakeholders in the state, who it was gathered denied any knowledge of underage voting during the elections.
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