The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has given explanations on why they registered underage persons in some parts of the country. The Commission says underage voters are being registered because the lives of registration officers are being threatened by some members of the community.
This was reveled by the Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, on Wednesday during a programme on the African Independent Television titled, ‘Kakaaki.’
Osazze-Uzzi, in his response to the question on why youngsters were spotted in pictures and videos on the social media registering and voting in northern Nigeria, said when officials refused to register underage persons, their lives were threatened by members of the community and they eventually caved in.
The INEC director said,
“I agree that it is the responsibility of the registration officer to do that (refuse to register underage persons), but there are times that circumstances are such that where there is present and clear danger that he risks being assaulted or being killed, I think it will be unreasonable to expect him not to succumb to the pressure. But we encourage them to report immediately they get out of that dangerous zone.”
Osazze-Uzzi said INEC had received reports from some members of the National Youth Service Corps taking part in the exercise.