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YIAGA urges probe of alleged underage registration in Plateau, Kano

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The Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Africa has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate alleged underage registration on July 29 in Langtang North Local Council in Plateau State and Madobi and Kano Municipal local councils in Kano State.

Making the call yesterday in Abuja, YIAGA Director of Programmes, Cynthia Mbamalu, urged the commission to ensure a proper system in place to rid the data of underage registrants.

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He added that registration officers should request registrants, who appear underage, to provide their birth certificate or any document that justifies eligibility.

Mbamalu called on INEC to ensure proper oversight over the process, to reasonably address the issue like the clarity on procedure for the registration of citizens who have commenced the process online and prospective voters who are accessing the process for the first time.

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