The Independent National Electoral Commission said it has ascertained that videos and pictures circulating the social media, showing some underage persons thumb printing ballot papers happened during the Kano state Local Government election, held last weekend. Although, the electoral body did not mention the Kano poll specifically, it implied so in its statement released on Tuesday.
The statement signed by Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, the body’s Director, Voter Education & Publicity, said the said “the images do not relate in any way to any election organised, conducted or superintended by INEC”.
“As far as the Commission can ascertain, they relate to a Local Government election conducted at the weekend, and over which we have no legal control or responsibility whatsoever”.
INEC said it “cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside our legal purview”.
The body also spoke on the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, saying it “is not unaware of challenges some citizens have encountered in trying to get registered at some of the centres”.
“Steps have been taken to ameliorate these, including the deployment of additional Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines for registration, with the more populated centres getting priority attention”, the body assured.
“In addition, the number of registration centres have been increased to 1,446 nationwide. While thanking Nigerians for their patience and understanding, we believe that with the measures taken so far, the queues and other identified challenges will soon abate.”