In Edo, PVC collection is interrupted by thugs. On Saturday, people in a large part of the Ikpoba/Okha Local Government Area in the Nigerian state of Edo couldn’t get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Disturbances in the state capital of Benin and its surrounding areas began on Friday.
Mr. Timidi Wariowei, Head of Voter Outreach and Publicity for INEC in Edo, has spoken out against the recent events and the threats made against INEC employees.
He said that on January 6 and 7, 2023, riots broke out in 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 centers, and RA 09 at Obanyator with Maria Goretti College.
After receiving assurances from the leader of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Electoral Officer (EO) in Edo State decided to relocate the collection centers for Wards 1 and 9 to the INEC’s Local Government’s office in Ikpoba/Okha. In the meantime, the workers who had to leave Wards 5, 6, and 7 for a short time are going back to their collection centers to get back to work.
Likewise, INEC has notified the Edo Police Department of the issue.
INEC is reminding residents, and especially local leaders, of how important it is to keep INEC workers and materials safe while they are in different communities. This is to make sure that every voter can get their PVCs and vote in the next election.
Wariowei made it clear that proxies will not be able to buy PVCs on their owners’ behalf.
He said that 26,095 eligible voters in all three senatorial districts of Edo got their PVCs between January 1 and January 7.