Reports on Kano under-aged voting faked - INEC

Reports on Kano under-aged voting faked - INEC

- Nigeria's electoral body has debunked claim of under-aged voting in the February 2018 Kano election

- INEC said the reports with pictorial evidences were faked

- The commission said one of the images was from Borno IDP were children queued for food

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the reports of under-aged voting in Kano state during the local government council election on February 10, was faked.

A report by the commission said investigation revealed that the pictorial depictions of childhood voters represented a “clear manipulation of images to create a fake story.”

Vanguard reports that the investigation by INEC showed the images in one of the cases was from children queued up for food in an internally displaced persons camp in Borno state.

The commission's report said that INEC investigation team was able to trace back the pictures online.

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It also said that another picture was a case published by Vanguard in March 2015 to illustrate under aged voting in Lau local government area of Taraba state.

The commission said the image was re-circulated as representing underage voting in Kano in 2018.

It further added that the investigation showed that the picture of minor reproted to been presented as evidence on the Kano election was taken three years before the 2018 Kano local government election.

The report said: “On Saturday 10th February 2018, the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission, KANSIEC conducted elections for 44 Chairmanship and 484 Councilorship constituencies in the state.

"Immediately after the election, pictures surfaced on the social media of minors (persons below the statutory age of 18 years) apparently voting in the election in violation of the provision of Section 12 (1) of the Electoral Act.

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“Although the election was conducted by KANSIEC which is an independent constitutional body, many political commentators immediately linked the election to INEC, arguing that since the voter register is compiled by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC it should be held responsible for the prevalence of ineligible persons (popularly referred to as under-aged) on the national register of voters.

“In view of the fact that a credible election is directly related to the credibility of the voter register, INEC set up a Committee to investigate the allegation, particularly the link (if any) between under-aged voting in the local government election and the national register of voters."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, had said that the commission's staff played no role in alleged under aged voting in Kano.

He said a comprehensive report on the matter would be published after the commission's investigation.

Yakubu while promising to release a detailed report on the matter said voter register was not used by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC), during the February, 2018, local government election.

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