Married Underage Ladies Not Adults, They Should not Be Allowed to Vote – Senator Olujimi
The lawmaker representing Ekiti South Constituency on the Senate, Biodun Olujimi, has kicked in opposition to the purported transfer to grant underaged married ladies the appropriate to vote.
The Nationwide Meeting Joint Committee on the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) had reportedly really useful that younger ladies who’re married must be given voting rights.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Kabiru Gaya, had mentioned the advice is a unanimous determination by the joint panel.
Gaya had mentioned, “The joint committee has proposed a assessment of the part of the Electoral Act that pegged the eligibility age of voters at 18 years.
“The joint committee has proposed that if a woman who’s less than 18 years is married, she must be thought of to be mature sufficient and be eligible to vote.”
However in an interview with SaharaReporters on Thursday, Olujimi mentioned it’s higher to stay to the minimal age (18 years) recognised by the Nigerian structure quite than giving voting rights to underage married ladies.
She mentioned, “The truth that they’re married doesn’t make them adults. That’s what I imagine. Even should you get married at 13, you may’t be mentioned to be an grownup although you have got gone by some experiences for adults. We should always follow our minimal age which I imagine is nice for everybody.”
The Minority Chief on the Higher Chamber argued that sustaining the extant minimal voting age would discourage early marriage and stop all of the dangers related to it.
She mentioned, “It can assist us cut back Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and all the issues related to early marriages. Everyone knows how harmful it’s, everyone knows how we threat the lives of our younger ones once we take them too early. So, in the event that they know they gained’t be capable to vote till they’re of a selected age, perhaps they are going to be affected person sufficient to attend earlier than they get married.”
The Senator, nevertheless, defined that the problem had not been debated throughout plenary, saying, “It’s a kind of aspect feedback in regards to the modification of the structure. It wasn’t debated, I used to be on the ground and I’ve not heard that. I additionally need to take it as a kind of debates happening so that individuals can amend the structure however proper now, now we have not deliberated on it.”