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Underage voting: INEC exonerates Kano, says social media pictures are from Kenya

Underage voting: INEC exonerates Kano, says social media pictures are from Kenya
March 02
16:09 2018

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is no evidence of underage voting in Kano state.

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Abubakar Nauche, chairman of the committee set up by the electoral body said this at a press conference on Friday.

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of INEC, instituted the panel following allegations that minors participated in last month’s local government election in the state.

Shortly after the election which was solely won by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), images of children participating in an election flooded the internet.

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But Nahuce said there is no evidence that the pictures were from the Kano exercise, attributing some of them to Kenya.

“From the interaction with civil society organisations and media, no evidence of underage voting has been presented,” he said.

“We have discussed with you media men, but none of you said he saw any underage voter in the line on election day.

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This picture was uploaded to the internet on February 11, 2018

“All what we saw were from social media and they are not verifiable… some of them (pictures and videos) are not even from Nigeria, some are from Kenya elections but people are attributing them to Nigeria.”

Checks by TheCable showed that one of the pictures surfaced on the internet on February 11, 2018, a day after the local government poll.

Nahuche said the team would write its report and submit to INEC headquarters for further action.

Mohammed Garba, commissioner of information, had said the images were taken during the 2015 general election.

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