REPS CALLS ON INEC TO INVESTIGATE REGISTRATION AND ISSUANCE OF PVC TO UNDER AGED VOTERS
Members of the house of Representatives calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the registration and issuance of permanent voters card (PVC) to under aged voters. This motion was moved by Hon Johnbull Giemlong Shekarau on Tuesday at the plenary.
Hon Johnbull said that the director of publicity and voters registration at INEC Oluwole Osazi Uzzi, while responding to questions on the Africa Independent Television (AIT) on this matter said that the reason why the under aged voters were registered was because of the threat made on the lives of those registering.
He noted that the incident caused so much embarrassment to the nation and threat to the growing democracy and also danger to security of lives of officials who are posted to handle sensitive National issues .
He expressed that if this matter is not given urgent attention, it will have adverse effects on the peaceful conduct, credibility of future election and the legitimacy of future leaders.
He made reference to section 12(1) of the electoral act 2010 which states that a person shall be qualified to registered as a voter if such a person has attain the age of eighteen (18) years and INEC is empowered to register and issuse PVC to eligible Nigerians.
Hon Rotimi Agunsoye in his debate had a contrary view of the issue. He said that no one is sure of the allegation. He further said that the house should keep calm until the results of the investigation is out.
Hon Henry Achubong said that he is worried that the under aged have been registered and the concern should be how to stop them from voting at the next election. He advise that the PVC of the under aged should be destroyed.
The house has mandated a committee on electoral and political party to investigate the issue.