Underage Voting: INEC, SIECs To Meet On Wednesday
As part of efforts to curb underage voting, the Independent National Electoral Commission will on Wednesday (today), hold a meeting with the 36 States’ Independent Electoral Commissions.
Wednesday's meeting comes a day after the Peoples Democratic Party asked INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to resign over incidences of underaged voting in the just-concluded local government election in Kano State.
In a statement late Tuesday evening, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said, “You are cordially invited to cover the courtesy visit of the Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria to INEC headquarters on Wednesday, February 21, at 2pm.”
Although Oyekanmi did not state the purpose of the meeting, INEC had last week claimed that elections in which underage voters allegedly participated were not organised by its officials but states’ electoral bodies.
The local government election in Kano State, which was won by the All Progressives Congress (APC), on a landslide was said to have been marred by underage voting as pictures were circulated on social media.
Prof Yakubu had last week announced that the commission would probe underage voting, adding that a committee would be set up to look into the matter and submit a report.
A committee headed by a national commissioner had been set up to look into the allegations against SIEC.
It was gathered that the terms of reference and the method of investigation were still being worked out.
The committee would also investigate why and how underage voters were being added to the register handed to state electoral bodies by INEC.
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