Mike Igini, a former Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused some staff of the electoral body of registering underage voters.
He made the accusation during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Thursday.
He said that those involved in the act are all staff of INEC which makes it easy to trace them and has called for the prosecution of culprits.
“Those who have done this are staff of INEC, I can tell you. If you register as a registration officer, you register with your personal ID (identity card), all of them can be traced.”
“Anyone who undermines the confidence of public institutions must be brought to book.”
Igini cited a case in Akwa Ibom State where an Information and Communications Technology staff of INEC used his office to register underage voters.
He further stressed that“The beauty of INEC procedures is that they are open to meaningful engagements and discussions. There was a time when we could say these were the handiwork of youth corps members or some people that were engaged but the current procedure and process of registration are all carried out by the staff of INEC.”
The former REC further blamed the act perpetrated as a result of the collapse of values and norms in society, berating parents who allow their underaged children to register as voters.
He commended the commission for the publication of the voters’ register, saying that it is the first time in history for it to be published on the INEC website.
The recent publication and display of the voter register by the INEC raised dust owing to the surprising number of underage voters.
INEC’s National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, on Channels Television’s Politics Today, had appealed to Nigerians to assist the electoral body clean up the voters’ register.