The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the electoral umpire will do everything possible to prevent registration of underage persons in the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the chairman of INEC, who spoke on Sunday during a Twitter space discussion titled #TheConversationNigeria, said officials are under strict instruction not to register underage persons in the ongoing CVR exercise
Responding to a question on underage voting, Oyekanmi said: “I want to say right away that our officials are under strict instruction not to register underage individuals. Under very strict instruction,” he said.
“It is even in our regulations and guidelines. If an officer of INEC perceives or suspects that the person standing before him or her is younger than 18, he is entitled to ask for proof of age before he or she registers that person.
“If that person is not prepared to produce that proof, he or she will not be registered
“My assurance is that from our end, we will do everything humanly possible to make sure that underage people do not register as voters.