Underaged voting characterises elections in the North, INEC to investigate

By Post Nigeria March 30, 2015 12:17

Underaged voting characterises elections in the North, INEC  to investigate

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured the good people of Nigerians that the Commission has set up a high profile committee to investigate the allegation of underage voting that characterized that electoral process in some parts of Northern Nigeria.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who disclosed this on Sunday evening during a press conference in Abuja, directed the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the affected state to swing into action in order to bring the culprits to book.

He stressed that under aged registration and voting was against the Electoral Act.

“We are investigating this (underage voting) and we will take appropriate measures once it is established.”

According to an election observer, Emeka Umeagbalasi, the Board Chairman of the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law in his official report, gave credence to the soaring height of under aged voters in the North.

Part of the report reads, “High incidence of under-age voting and registration of hundreds of thousands of under-age voters in the north as registered voters for the purpose of shoring up the northern voting population and maintenance of the age-long officially hyped population superiority of the north over the south.”