The Director of Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Victor Aluko, has reassured that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will not allow voters below the statutory voting age to participate in the 2023 general elections.
Aluko made this known on Sunday in response to the allegations and news of various cases of underage voters and double registrations in some parts of the country.
“I assure you that the register will be cleaned up completely and no underage voter will vote in 2023. After we finish with the claims and objections on Friday, we will be taking in again for further claims based on the complaints of the people,” he said.
Aluko urged Nigerians to complain to the appropriate authority if they notice any form of malpractices in the registration processes.
In his word, “That is why it is important that persons who noticed any issues at all with the register should complain through the right channels where they can be documented. If you complain and you do not let us know that complaint, then how do we work on the complaints?”
According to the Director, after collating the complaints, INEC’s revision officers at various levels could work on them.
“That is why I’m saying we take in the register and then we work on the register, and at the end of the day, we have a very clean register as we prepare for the general elections.”
“And I’m assuring you that no underage person will come to our polling units to come and vote on election day,” he reiterated.
Meanwhile, the National Commissioner, INEC, Festus Okoye, on Thursday, assured Nigerians that it was committed to cleaning up the register and punishing those found guilty of tampering with its integrity.