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INEC panel visits KANSIEC, demands voter’s registration in five centers


Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) panel investigating alleged underage voting in the last Kano State council poll, yesterday, requested the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) to produce voters registration lists used in five polling units in the state.

The panel equally demanded full list of accredited civil society groups and observers that monitored the election.
The centres are Sawuchi ward, Kano Municipal area 21, Gama area 2, Nassarawa area 31 and Gezawa area 3.

The INEC panel, which arrived at the state headquarters of KANSIEC at 2.10pm, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Nahuche, was received by KANSIEC Chairman, Prof Garba Ibrahim Sheka, who ushered them into the commission’s conference room.
Soon after the panel settled for business, Sheka restated the readiness to provided all necessary documents to substantial the credibility of the February 10 poll in the state.

He, however, requested for a secret session devoid of media coverage for the investigation that lasted one (1) hour.
Speaking with journalists shortly afterwards, Nahuche hinted that the panel had requested for vital documents relevant to the conduct of the poll to enable it ascertain the credibility of the voter’s registration used for the exercise. 
On why the panel acceded to the request for closed-door meeting with KANSIEC, Nahuche, who is also the INEC Commissioner in-charge of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states, said there was no deliberate attempt to black out the media from its proceedings.

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