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INEC urged to curb issue of underage voting in 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC has been urged to ensure that the issue of under-age voting does not assume the character of the nation’s electoral process in the forth-coming general elections.

A public analyst Barrister Edet Eyo Bassey who gave the charge in a chat with planet News said the issue of under-age voting which was allegedly visible during the 2015 general elections, should be nipped in the bud this year as it is an electoral fraud to allow underage voters to participate in the elections.

According to him, if voters are suspected to be under-aged, INEC can choose to clarify through birth certificates and verbal interaction to ascertain the status of the voter in order to decide whether to allow him or her participate in the elections or not.

Our correspondent Jane Uwa reports that Barrister Bassey however advised INEC to abide by the provisions of the electoral act when conducting voter’s registration for the electorates, stressing that underage voting can only take place when there is an underage registration of voters by the officials of the commission.

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