Despite Photo, Video Evidence, INEC Says ‘No Underaged Voters In Kano’

Despite Photo, Video Evidence, INEC Says ‘No Underaged Voters In Kano’

By Wires Editor | The Trent on March 5, 2018
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Mahmood Yakubu, INEC, Abdul Aboki
New INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu takes oath of office before President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja on Monday, November 9, 2015 | NAN

Abubakar Nauche, the chairman of the committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC said there is no evidence of underage voting in Kano State, making this known at a press conference on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, instituted the panel following allegations that underage voters participated in last month’s local government election in the state.

Shortly after the election which was solely won by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, images of children participating in an election flooded the internet.

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Social media photos of underage voters participating in elections in Kano State 2018 | Facebook

But Nahuce said there is no evidence that the pictures were from the Kano exercise, attributing some of them to Kenya.

“From the interaction with civil society organisations and media, no evidence of underage voting has been presented,” he said.

“We have discussed with you media men, but none of you said he saw any underage voter in the line on election day.

“All that we saw were from social media and they are not verifiable… some of them (pictures and videos) are not even from Nigeria, some are from Kenya elections but people are attributing them to Nigeria.”

Checks by TheCable showed that one of the pictures surfaced on the internet on February 11, 2018, a day after the local government poll.

Nahuche said the team would write its report and submit to INEC headquarters for further action.

Mohammed Garba, the commissioner of information, had said the images were taken during the 2015 general election.

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