The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reaffirmed to the Nigerian electorate that citizens who have not reached the legal voting age will not be permitted to vote in the forthcoming 2023 general election.
The clarification and assurance was coming in the wake of allegations of underage voter registration ahead of the 2023 elections.
The INEC’s director of voter education and publicity, Victor Aluko made this statement on Sunday during a live appearance on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television.
“I can guarantee that the voter list will be thoroughly cleaned up and that no minors will cast a ballot in 2023.
We will be accepting new claims based on the public’s grievances after finishing up with the claims and objections on Friday,” Aluko said.
“That is why it is important that persons who noticed any issues at all with the register should complain through the right channels where they can be documented.”
Aluko stated that after collating the complaints, INEC’s revision officers at various levels could work on them.
“If you complain and you do not let us know that complaint, then how do we work on the complaints?
“That is why I’m saying we take in the register and then we work on the register, and at the end of the day, we have a very clean register as we prepare for the general elections.
“And I’m assuring you that no underage person will come to our polling units to come and vote on election day,” he said.
For the first time in the nation’s electoral history, INEC this month made the entire register accessible on its website.
However, many Nigerians have documented numerous instances of double registration and minors registration as well.
The INEC’s national commissioner, Festus Okoye assured Nigerians on Thursday that the organization was committed to purging the register and punishing those found responsible for interfering with its integrity.