INEC speaks on issue of underage voters, sends message to Nigerians

INEC speaks on issue of underage voters, sends message to Nigerians

- INEC has vowed with those who sponsor underage voters

- The electoral body said any underage voters caught at voting units will be arrested

- INEC urged Nigerians to watch out for electoral violence perpetrators

The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) on Friday, February 22 said underage voters caught during the general elections would be arrested and prosecuted.

Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known at a news conference, in Abuja.

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Yakubu urged that underage voters spotted anywhere across the country should be reported immediately, adding that INEC was working with the Police to apprehend underage voters and their sponsors.

“Any underage person caught trying to be accredited or voting on day of election will be arrested.

“Voting is only open to Nigerian citizens who are above the statutory age of 18.

“Let me seize this opportunity to warn those who may wish to sponsor underage persons to vote on day of election that they will be arrested,” he said.

The chairman, however, advised Nigerians to watch out for perpetuators of electoral violence and do a video and still picture and send to INEC’s website.

Meanwhile, security agencies, on Friday, February 21, beefed up security at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Enugu state headquarters ahead of Saturday February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that that a detachment of about 30 mobile policemen were been deployed to INEC state headquarters in Enugu.

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