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Ex-minister wants underage voters removed from INEC voting list

Ex-minister wants underage voters removed from INEC voting list

- INEC has been asked by a former minister to remove names of underage voters from its voting list

- Jumoke Akinjide made the call following report that underage children registered to vote in the local government election held in Kano on Saturday, February 10

- She urged the electoral commission to take all reasonable steps for democracy to work in Nigeria

A former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, in a meeting on Thursday, February 15, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist underage voters captured in its voting list.

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The meeting, which was the 2018 Peoples Democratic Party Youth summit, was held in Ibadan, Oyo state, Premium Times reports.

The former minister, who was represented by her media aide, Isiaka Kehinde, called on the commission to remove the names of underage children who reportedly registered to vote in the northern part of the country.

She said: “Youth should make a difference. I want (the) youth to make a success of their participation in politics and the INEC should provide a fertile ground for democracy to thrive.

“INEC should take all reasonable steps for democracy to work in Nigeria. It should not only promise what is right, it must convincingly be seen as doing so.

“One of the surest ways to go about this is by disinfecting the system from its moral virus by disallowing underage voters or by stopping aliens from neighbouring countries from getting permanent voter cards which, in most places, are not even accessible to eligible Nigerian voters."

Akinjide also appreciated the youth for coming to the event with their PVCs and urged them to go to their local government and wards to mobilise more people to get theirs.

Those who attended the meeting were youth from the 351 wards in Oyo state.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday, February 16, said it would get to the root of reports of underage voting in Kano state.

The electoral body agreed that it was the responsibility of the registration officers to curb the rate of such voting.

The director of publicity and voter education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said lives of some INEC registration officers were being threatened in various communities.

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