- The Kano state government reacted to the controversial video of underage citizens allegedly voting during state’s local government elections
- The government said the event recorded in the video is not the local government polls as it was shot on March 30th, 2015
- It stated that local government election was adjudged the freest in the history of council poll in Nigeria
Kano state government on Monday, February 19, declared that the controversial viral video of underage voting in Kano belongs to Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Vanguard reports.
Kano state commissioner Information, Alhaji Muhammad Garba, addressing a gathering of the 2nd NUJ National Conference holding in Kano said the video was shot on March 30th, 2015.
Garba said: “The council poll in Kano was adjudged the freest in the history of council poll in Nigeria by both local and international observers, and I made bold to say that the controversial video belongs to INEC. The viral video contained scenes where INEC card readers were deployed, and nothing of such was used in the last council poll in Kano."
The former president of NUJ, however, expressed happiness that the INEC has seized the gauntlet to investigate the matter, adding that the likely outcome would exonerate Kano poll.
The commissioner’s stands came on the heels of Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) position on Sunday, February 18, to assist the national electoral umpire to unravel the mystery surrounding the controversial video.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the INEC sought to allay public worries over the credibility of Nigeria’s future elections after pictures of underage voters emerged from local government polls held on Saturday, February 10, in Kano state.
The observers, including the Centre for Information Technology And Development (CITAD), and Action Aid International Nigeria, reportedly said they witnessed voting by underage citizens during the elections.
The still and motion pictures of underage citizens taking part in the electoral process allegedly during the polls in Kano have been circulating on the social media since Saturday, fueling wild concerns such irregularities could have negative implications for the general elections, about one year away.
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