The Indpendent National Electoral Commission INEC has been absolved of any blame with regards the alleged under age voting which too place in Kano state last Saturday during the conduct of the local government elections.
A group of civil society organisations under the aegis of the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) says INEC cannot be blamed for the irregularities observed in the recent local government elections in Kano state as it does not have the legal mandate to conduct elections into local government councils except in the FCT.
The group’s Executive Director, Dr. Chima Amadi in his remarks said INEC and SIEC are two independent bodies.
“ISDMG wishes to reiterate the following: that there are two recognised Election Management Bodies (EMB) in the country, INEC and the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC).
“The two bodies are, as their names imply, ‘independent’ at the levels they operate, INEC at the national and SIEC at the state.
“INEC does not have the legal mandate to conduct elections into local government councils except in the FCT. That is the responsibility of SIElCs, and the videos in circulation are from recently concluded local council elections in Kano, Delta and Ekiti states.
“According to Section 25 of the Electoral Act (2010), as amended, INEC is only mandated to conduct elections into the senate and House of Representatives; the office of the president and governors and into the Houses of Assembly.
“It is also mandated by Section 103 of the same act to conduct elections into the area councils of the FCT.
“INEC staff did not in any way supervise the said elections nor act as official observers as INEC does not supervise the SIECs,” he said.