Professor Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu has warned underaged voters must steer clear of polling centres.

He added that underaged voting remains an illegality in the country urging members of the public to report such suspected incidences to officials of the commission or any of the security agencies.

Where did Yakubu make this statement?

Yakubu made this statement at a media and observer briefing on Friday in Abuja adding that any underaged caught trying to be accredited for voting today would be arrested.

Professor Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman.

INEC’s stance on underage voting

He stated that the age requirement for voting was 18 years saying that there is no underaged voting in all the elections to be conducted.

“Underage voting is an illegality because there is a statutory age for registration of voters but what you should do as a voter if on election day, you find anyone that is apparently overage or conclusively so, kindly report this to any official of the commission or security agencies.

“Working with the IGP, I say any underage person caught trying to be accredited for voting on election day will be arrested.

“Voting is only open to Nigerian citizen who are of the statutory age of 18. It is an illegality and let me seize this opportunity to warn those who sponsor underage person to vote on the election day that they will be arrested.

“And the good thing is that in the numerous elections that this commission has undertaken, we have never had any incident of underage voting.”

IGP assures Nigerians on credible elections

On the other hand, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu reassured INEC of maximum security to officials, observer groups and those who were on election duties.

He further warned those intending to disrupt the process to desist from doing so.

According to Adamu, anybody caught in the course of disrupting the process would be apprehended by the police in conjunction with the officials of INEC.

He said an investigative team headed by Commissioner of Police in charge of legal would be set up to investigate and prosecute them.

The IGP also warned intending ballot box snatchers, thugs and vote buyers to desist or else get arrested and prosecuted.

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