Underage voting: Kano ready for probe

There was underage voting under Jega- Ex-INEC commissioner

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced an eight-member committee to probe allegations of underaged voting in the recently held Kano elections.

"On the question whether the Party was afraid of the 2019 ‎general elections, Ologbondiyan said", we are not afraid at all, during our time, we conduct elections and we won and we also conducted election which lost out, we freely handed over to the victor without any hitch, so, we are not afraid, we are the voice of Nigerians, we have to speak out".

Wike spoke on Tuesday when the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Bernhard Shlagheck, paid him a courtesy call to the Government House, Port Harcourt.

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"As the only statutory body that registers voters and keeps the database of certified Nigerian electorate, we would like to express our willingness to accord full cooperation to the team of investigators to ascertain the veracity of the allegation made in respect of underage voting during the conduct of the election".

"Who gave the children the voters cards? We will not allow anyone to manipulate the electoral system of the country", the governor added.

The source said the terms of reference and the method of investigation were still being worked out.

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The INEC chairman, who assured the FOSIECON delegation that the commission was ready to partner with State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs), stressed the need to review the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two separate electoral bodies signed in 2012.

The earlier, the better for Nigerians.

Shlagheck stated that he was in Rivers State as part of his familiarization tour of the Niger Delta, pointing out that he started with Rivers State because of the importance of the state in the structure of the region.

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He lamented that it's impossible for the process to be ideal, but implored the media and members of the public to assist the agency by exposing fraudulent areas and cleaning up the register as the 2019 general elections approach.

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