The Independent and Financial Crimes Commission (INEC) has separated itself from the current viral images of purportedly underaged voters brandishing voters’ card, thumb-printing on ballot papers and voting in election making the rounds on social media.
INEC made this clarification in a statement released by its Director for Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi on Tuesday.
Osaze-Uzzi reiterated that the images did not relate in any way to any election organised, conducted or superintended by the commission. The director said the commission could not be held directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside its legal purview.
“It should be pointed out here that local government elections are exclusively the responsibility of the respective State Electoral Commissions, who are in no way under the control and supervision of INEC, the statement read. “As far as the commission is concerned, they relate to a local government election conducted at the weekend, over which INEC has no legal control or responsibility whatsoever.”
In addition, he re-affirmed the commission’s commitment to sanitizing the country’s electoral system and was doing all it could to ensure a credible register of voters.
He disclosed that in addition to running the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), the commission would employ its business process rules to weed unlawful entries.