The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated that no underage voters will be permitted to vote in the upcoming general elections in 2023.
Victor Aluko, INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, made this pledge on Channels Television’s Rubbin’ Minds on Sunday.
The commission also reiterated its assurance to the Nigerian electorate that citizens who have yet to attain the legal voting age will not be allowed to participate in the polls.
He said, “I assure you that the register will be cleaned up completely and no underage voter will vote in 2023. After we finish with the claims and objections on Friday, we will be taking in again for further claims based on the complaints of the people,” he 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”.
According to Aluko, once the complaints have been compiled, INEC’s revision officers at various levels will be able to work on them.
He stated further, “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.