The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it should not be held responsible for last Saturday’s local polls in Kano State characterised by underage voting.
The commission allayed public worries over the credibility of Nigeria’s future elections after pictures of underage voters emerged online during the polls.
In a statement by INEC’s spokesperson, Oluwole Uzzi, on Tuesday, the Commission said the disturbing pictures did not relate to any election it conducted or had responsibility for.
Uzzi said INEC is statutorily empowered to conduct all Nigeria’s elections, except the ones into the local government councils. These, he said, are conducted by the electoral commissions in each state.
Acknowledging the pictures of the underage voters, the Commission said “as far as we can ascertain, the pictures relate to a local government election conducted at the weekend in Kano.
“While the Commission remains resolute in our commitment to sanitise the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections, we cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for a process outside our legal purview,.
“On our part, INEC assures the public that we are doing all we can to ensure a credible election.”