INEC reacts to reports of underage voters in Kano election


The Independent National Electoral Commission has assured Nigerians of credible polls come 2019.

The electoral body gave the assurance after pictures of underage voters emerged from last Saturday’s local polls in Kano State.

The pictures which has been circulating on social media  had fueling wild concerns such irregularities could have negative implications for the general elections coming up in 2019.

To allay the fears of Nigerians, INEC in a statement by a spokesperson, Oluwole Uzzi, on Tuesday, assured Nigerians that such misconducts cannot thrive under its watch.

It added that the election was conducted by the electoral commissions in the state and not INEC.

‘’As far as we can ascertain, they (the pictures) relate to a local government election conducted at the weekend (in Kano)”.

“While the Commission remains resolute in our commitment to sanitise the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections, we cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for a process outside our legal purview,” INEC said.

“Our our part, INEC assures the public that we are doing all we can to ensure a credible election.”

Nigeria received national and international applaud for the success of the 2015 general election which was pronounced free, fair and credible by international observers among others.

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