Hoodlums Disrupts Collection Of PVCs In Edo

Hoodlums Disrupts Collection Of PVCs In Edo


There was  partial disruption of collection of the  Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) in some parts of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State on Friday and Saturday morning as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) moved the distribution of the PVC to ward level.

The Head of  INEC Voters Education in Edo State, Timidi Wariowe in a press statement made available to Journalists in Benin City, Edo State, said the disruption occured in five wards in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state.

A part of the  statement reads:
“The Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) Edo State has received reports of unruly incidents between yesterday ,Friday January 6 and today, Saturday January 7, which degenerated to the disruption of the collection of PVC and threat to officials and materials in the following RAs/Wards:

“Ward 01 at Iwogban/Uteh; Ward 05 at St. Saviour’s School; Ward 07 at Ugbekun; Ward 06 at Maria Goretti College; RA 09 at Obanyator, with Army Children’s School and Ogheghe health centres respectively as the actual centres.

“In the meantime, INEC Edo State has decided to move the collection centres for Ward 1 and Ward 9 to the INEC Local Government Office in Ikpoba Okha, while the staff earlier withdrawn from Ward 5, Ward 6 and Ward 7 are making their ways back to their collection centres to continue with the activity, on the assurances the Electoral Officer has received from the DSS of their presence in those locations. INEC has equally informed the Police Command about the situation.

“INEC wishes to remind citizens, especially community leaders, of the need to ensure the safety of INEC officials and materials, as deployed to the various communities to ensure that every voter collects their PVCs and are able to vote in the election.

“INEC wishes to stress again that collection of PVC can only be by the owners and not through proxy.” He concluded.

Meanwhile, a total of 26,095 prospective voters  collected their PVCs between the 1st – 7th  of January, 2023 ahead of the general elections. This was also contained in a statement made available  by the INEC Head of Voters Education, Edo State, Timidi Wariowe.

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