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INEC has begun investigation into the alleged under-aged voting during the recent local council election in Kano. The committee, headed by Alhaji Abubakar Nahuche, a National Commissioner, held a closed-door meeting with the Chairman of Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) Prof. Garba Sheka. He said the committee was not investigating the conduct of the election but the allegation that underage voters were allowed to vote during the exercise using INEC’s register. He reported that they were working with KANSIEC to discover the truth so as to make needed corrections before the 2019 general elections. Nahuche said the committee would meet with journalists who covered the election, leaders of political parties and civil society groups in the state in its bid to get to the bottom of the incident. He called for the alleged videos and pictures said to be taken during the election, as well as any necessary evidence and facts that will assist the assignment, to be brought forward. Nahuche said officials of KANSIEC were cooperating with the committee by making available all the relevant information and documents it requested. Also speaking, the KANSIEC Chairman, Prof. Garba Sheka, said the commission was cooperating with the committee to make a comprehensive report. He said he made a presentation to the committee during the meeting which he wants them to settle and carefully look into so that they have a better report which will assist both the KANSIEC and the INEC in the future elections. He further claimed that the pictures and videos in circulation, were not real, and that if care wasn’t taken, the same pictures will be circulating after the 2019 elections.

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This article was first published on 2nd March 2018


Chidinma Kalu is a trained psychologist and an entrepreneur. Aside from writing, she spends her time researching on anything that has her curiosity piqued. In 2016, her essay was shortlisted for a prize. She hopes to actually win something someday. ?

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