INEC: Police will arrest underage persons who attempt to vote in 2023 elections


A very stern warning has been sent to underage persons attempting to vote during the 2023 elections, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to get such electoral offenders arrested by the police and duly prosecuted by the relevant judiciary bodies.

Disclosing this on Monday, during an interview on Arise Television, INEC national commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye said in an effort to address issues around underage registration, 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.

The parents will also be arrested for aiding and abetting such a venture.”

Continuing Okoye said the clean-up of the voters’ register is ongoing, adding that Nigerians would be pleased with the end result.

Some of the data you saw on social media about underage registration were some registrations that took place from 2011 to before the 2019 elections.

This commission had the courage to publish the entire register of voters and asked Nigerians to also check to ensure no malicious registrations have gone into our voters’ register.

So, we have harvested all the claims and objections and are cleaning up the voters’ register. We assure Nigerians, that the voters’ register we are going to go into the 2023 general election with will be one they will be proud of.

”‘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”, added Okoye.

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