Underage married girls will not vote – Sen. Gaya

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INEC has rejected a suggestion that Under-18 married have right vote.

Fielding question Tuesday in Abuja at NAN Forum, flagship interview programme the News Agency Nigeria (NAN), the committee , Sen. Kabiru Gaya, said the suggestion made at the public hearing electoral reforms.

He said the on-going amendment the Electoral Act No 6 2010 would not confer voting right on underage, but married , referred as child-wives.

Gaya said the issue raised a lot dust when it presented in a memorandum submitted to a committee set on the reforms.

of the who came to the public hearing submitted the memorandum, and argued that the word underage not his, but that any woman or man that is married be considered as an adult.

“That was his reason. Our own resolve is that if a woman is at the age of 16 and she gets married, she not be allowed to vote.

“Generally there was a lot of noise about. It was in a memorandum submitted by a group of and they have rights as .

“But when we came to the committee, we discussed a lot on that and at the end of the day, we felt we could not go along with that suggestion and it was dropped,’’ he said.

Sen. Gaya said there was another suggestion not to hold elections on Saturdays as some faithful observe the day as holy day.

He added that the same argument would be made if elections were fixed for Fridays or Sundays.

“If we move elections to Fridays some will say it is worship day; if we move it to Sundays, some other will say it is also their worship day.

“So, that suggestion was also thrown out,’’ Gaya said.