The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday constituted an investigative panel to probe the recent cases of underage voting in Kano State.
This comes after social media exploded with footages of children participating in the local council elections conducted across Kano State last weekend in which the ruling Al Progressives Congress swept all 44 LGAs.
There was nationwide outrage over the brazen rigging, sparking fears of irregularities in the coming general elections.
Though INEC initially responded that it should not be blamed for the flagrant violations of electoral law because it didn’t conduct the Kano council elections, it has now beaten a retreat and ordered a full-scale investigation, PT writes.
Critics blamed the electoral umpire for allowing its officials register people who have not attained the age of maturity as the Nigerian electoral law requires that a voter must be at least 18 years of age.
INEC is the only statutory body that registers voters and keeps the database of certified Nigerian electorate.
Making the announcement Friday at the election preparation workshop underway at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu said the probe panel would start work next week.