The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distanced itself from the videos and pictures purportedly showing some underaged thumb printing ballot papers in a recent election.
The nation’s leading electoral body, in a public statement through its Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, told the public that the images that had been circulating online since Saturday, did not relate in any way to any election organised, conducted or superintended by INEC.
The videos and images that emerged over the weekend were allegedly attributed to the local government elections conducted by Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KASIEC).
“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,” the statement issued by Uzzi stressed.
The commission, which stated it remained resolute in its commitment to sanitize the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections, added that it could not be held “directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside its legal purview”.
Meanwhile, the INEC has announced the deployment of additional Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines for registration as more populated centres are getting priority attention.
The INEC also announced that the number of registration centres had been increased to 1,446 nationwide.
The INEC, which thanked Nigerians for their patience and understanding, expressed belief that the queues and other identified challenges would soon abate with the measures taken so far.
The electoral body further appealed to those who registered in the previous exercises not to do so again, saying that “this is not a fresh registration exercise but an opportunity for those who turned 18 years and those who didn’t register in the past to register as voters.”