Whatever may be their relationship, the Kano local election has added a sense of urgency to tackling the problem of underage voting. It is a nationwide problem, but more prevalent in the north. The recent remarks by Professor Lai Olurode, former INEC Commissioner for South west between 2010 and 2015, were poignant.
Although, INEC, through its Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, had last week vowed to move against the practice, saying a panel had been set up to investigate the alleged issue of underage registration and voting in Kano State, some political analysts have however heaped much of the blame on the commission.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, at the Election Project Plan Implementation workshop held at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, the electoral body said it was putting modalities in place not only to guarantee credible election but also to ensure the timely readiness of the 2019 election budget.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections for Saturday, 16th February, while the Governorship and State Assembly/Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council elections have been scheduled for Saturday, 2nd March 2019.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said at the certificates presentation ceremony new parties said that compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court, the Commission had also registered the Socialist Party of Nigeria. “We have already issued the Certificate of Registration to the SPN.