INEC denies plot to cover up underage voting in Kano state

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– The INEC had set up a committee to probe the Kano under age voters saga

– According to the commission, the committee will submit its findings soon

– The electoral umpire said it recently uncovered the registration of some ineligible persons in Taraba state

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the committee set up to investigate the Kano under age voters saga has concluded its facts finding mission and is in the process of writing its report.

NAIJ.com gathered that the report would soon be submitted and considered by the commission.

The commission while reiterating its commitment to ensuring a clean and accurate voters register towards ensuring a free and fair 2019 elections said the report of the investigation will be ready soon.

In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by its director, Voters Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze, INEC disclosed that presently, only members of the committee are privy to their findings, while also emphasising that all members of the committee are persons of unquestionable integrity and competence.

Kano underage voters probe committee report ready soon - INEC

The statement issued by INEC concerning the Kano underage voters probe committee report. Photo credit: INEC

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He emphasized that the commission has already begun the process of cleaning the voters register. According to him, following some of the checks and internal measures put in place to sanitize and protect the integrity of the register, it recently uncovered the registration of some ineligible persons in Taraba state.

Osaze said queries have been issued to all staff associated with the the registration as a prelude to a full investigation and the taking of appropriate disciplinary, punitive remedial action. He also explained that some people erroneously linked the Kano report to INEC, even when the election was conducted by an independent commission, the Kano SIEC

He said following the report and the various assertion, INEC set up a committee to investigate these to ascertain if indeed there is wide spread ineligible voters register in Kano and recommend actions that can be taken to purge the register of such persons and prevent its recurrence in future, not just in Kano but also nationwide.

“The committee met stakeholders in Kano including officials of Kano SIEC, political parties, CSOs and ordinary residents, amongst others. All members are persons of unquestionable integrity and competence. They were carefully chosen for their independence, professionalism and forthrightness,” the statement said.

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Source: Naija.ng

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