INEC says social media pictures from Kenya, not Kano
INEC panel said social media pictures and videos of the underage voters were from Kenya, not Kano.
Chairman of the committee, Abubakar Nahuche, told journalists on Friday, March 2, 2018, that from their interaction with civil society organisations and media, none presented evidence of underage voting.
“From all what we have seen and discussed with you media men, none of you has seen any underage voter in the line or voting,” said Nahuche.
“All what we saw were from social media and they are not verifiable… some of them (pictures and videos) are not even from Nigeria, some are from Kenya elections but people are attributing them to Nigeria,” he added.
INEC set up the committee following public outcry that greeted videos and photos of underage voting released a day after the Kano election.
The team has so far met with Kano Sate Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) chairman, the media and other relevant bodies.
Curb underage voting
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked INEC to curb underage voting.
PDP gave the advice in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The party gave the advice while reacting to INEC position on current videos and pictures in the social media platforms showing underage persons voting.
According to Ologbondiyan, the videos and pictures showed underage persons thumb-printing ballot papers and casting their votes during the local government elections in Kano state.
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