FCT, Abuja – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that underage persons who attempt to vote during the 2023 general elections will be arrested.
This was stated by Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner for information and voter education during the interview on ‘The Morning Show’, a programme by Arise Television.
Okoye said in an effort to address the issue, INEC has summoned all its officers in areas where underage registrations were recorded.
“They will appear before a special panel of the commission and it is still ongoing.
“We have also made it very clear that any visibly underage person should not on any account, approach any of our polling units on election day, because if the person does, the person will definitely be arrested,” he said.
“The parents will also be arrested for aiding and abetting such a venture.”
Okoye further said the clean-up of the voters’ register is ongoing, adding that Nigerians would be pleased with the end result, TheCable reported.
He said: “Some of the data you saw on social media about underage registration were some registrations that took place from 2011 to before the 2019 election.
“This commission had the courage to publish the entire register of voters and ask Nigerians to also check to ensure no malicious registrations have gone into our voters’ register.
‘As of today, the voters’ register is hovering around 93.5 million registered voters. On January 16, the commission will publish the official register that will be used for 2023 elections.”
Source: News Brief Nigeria