Kano elections: How card reader rubbished allegations of underage voting – KANSIEC boss


The chairman of the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission, KANSIEC, Prof. Garba Ibrahim Sheka, has stated that claims of underage voting in the February 10, 2018 local council elections in Kano was a set-up by mischief-makers.

He recalled that the elections was well publicised before it was staged, and that KANSIEC had stated that it would not be using card readers for the polls. Sheka told Leadership that videos and pictures showed the kids with card readers which was not used in the Kano LG polls.

His words, “I hope you are conversant with the emerging global modern technology, particularly in the media. Anyhow you want, you can transplant something or part of a body to form a man.

“Prior to the LG polls, we told the world that we would not use the modern technology brought by INEC in the conduct of the elections.

“But to my surprise we saw in a video clip, posted by those complaining that kids voted in the 2018 LG polls held in Kano State.

“However, we quickly noticed that they were using card readers. Unfortunately for the mischief makers, KANSIEC did not use card reader throughout the conduct of that election.

“But upon noticing the outcry in the media we were able to trace the source and we defended ourselves adequately when the committee set up by INEC later arrived the state to investigate how small kids were allowed to vote during the exercise.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had stated that there is no evidence of underage voting in the last Kano council polls, with committer’s fact finding chair, Abubakar Nahuce, stating that “from all what we have seen and discussed with you media men, none of you has seen any underage voter in the line or voting”.


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