The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that no underage persons will be allowed to vote in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Victor Aluko, made the pledge on Channels Television’s Rubbin’ Minds programme on Sunday.
The commission also reiterated its assurance to Nigerian voters that citizens who are below the legal voting age will not be allowed to participate in the elections.
He said, “I assure you that the electoral roll will be fully purged and no underage voter will vote in 2023. After we finish with the applications and appeals on Friday, we will receive more applications based on the complaints of citizens,” he said.
“That’s why it’s important for people who have noticed any problems with the registry to complain through the proper channels where they can be documented.”
According to Aluko, INEC review officers at the various levels could handle the complaints after collecting them.
He further explained, “If you complain and you do not report that complaint to us, how are we supposed to process the complaints?
“That is why I say we take the register and process it and at the end of the day, we will have a very clean register as we prepare for the general elections.
“And I assure you that no underage person will come to our polling stations to vote on election day,” he said.
INEC had made the entire voters’ register public on its website this month for the first time in the country’s history.
Many Nigerians have noted numerous cases of underage voters and double registration.
Meanwhile, INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye on Thursday assured Nigerians that INEC was determined to clean up the register and punish those guilty of rigging.