– Investigations into the Kano state underage voting saga are still ongoing
– This is the submission of highly placed sources in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
– The electoral body says recent reports in the media concerning the issue are false
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said its investigation into the alleged underage voting in the last Kano council poll is still ongoing.
The electoral body urged Nigerians to disregard some media reports ascribed to the fact-finding committee chairman that there was no evidence of underage voting in the last Kano council polls.
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The reports had quoted the chairman of the INEC fact-finding team on alleged underage voting in the last Kano council polls, saying the committee is yet to find any evidence of underage voting.
A source within the commission and a member of the fact-finding committee who spoke to NAIJ.com on the condition of anonymity, said the claim that there was no evidence of underage voting is premature and unofficial as the committee is only in its third day, and is yet to examine several other facts and issues.
According to the source, the committee chairman may have been quoted out of context as the probe into the issue is inconclusive.
The source said the claim that there was no evidence of underage voting is not the official stand of the committee, as they are still investigating the case.
“The claim that there was no evidence of underage voting is premature and unofficial as the committee is only in its third day, and is yet to examine several other facts and issues.
“Findings, recommendations and interventions from the inquiry can only come after the committee has concluded its task and submitted same to the commission, which will issue an official report of the committee’s work and the commission’s interventions as may be necessary,” the source clarified.
The source therefore assured that the committee will do a thorough job and come out with a satisfactory report at the end of its investigations.
Meanwhile, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Friday, March 2, said the commission had discovered 299 names of aliens in its voter register.
The INEC boss who made this known at a consultative meeting of the commission with security agencies in Abuja, said the foreigners were discovered through information made available by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
He noted that registering to vote and actual voting were exclusive rights of Nigeria’s citizens from which aliens were excluded by law.
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