Agene AKHERE, Benin
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that no less than 4, 658 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), were snatched at different points in Edo State during the three-day registration exercise that ended on Sunday.
Edo State Residential Electoral Commission, Mr. Baritor Kpagih raised the alarm when he addressed journalists on Tuesday evening at the state headquarters at Ikpoba Hill in Benin City.
According to Kpagih the incidence of card snatching were recorded in nine local councils of the state including Orhionmwon, Etsako West and Ovia North East amongst others.
Kpagih also disclosed that a total of 1, 531, 580 cards were received from INEC in Abuja for distribution in Edo State out of which the state INEC headquarters distributed by Sunday, a total of 883, 058 or 57.7 per cent of permanent cards, leaving a balance of 683, 795 cards still to be distributed.
He said, “A total of 1, 531, 580 PVC were received. Out of this, so far, we have distributed a total of 883, 058 PVC. That gives us 57.7 per cent. We still have 683, 795 cards to distribute.”
He added that distribution of cards has not stopped as eligible voters are advised to go to the INEC office in their local governments to collect their cards.
But he explained further that between today (Wednesday, 12th) to Monday, 17th of November, the Continuous Voter Registration exercise would be held for: those who did not register before now; those who registered but found their names missing in voters’ register during the registration exercise last week; and those who clocked the voting age of 18 years old since the last registration exercise.
He disclosed that a total of 3, 661 PVC were snatched in eight units of different wards in Orhionmwon Local Government Area and remarked that the electoral agency has since reported the theft to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation and prosecution of those found culpable in the act.
He concluded that INEC would arrest and hand over to the police during election next year, anyone found with PVC that were not legally given to them by INEC.