There was a momentary disruption of the collection process of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in some parts of Ikpoba Okha Local Council of Edo State, on Friday and Saturday, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) began the distribution of the PVCs at ward level.
Head, INEC Voters’ Education in Edo State, Timidi Wariowe, in a statement in Benin City, said the disruption occurred in five wards in the state.
The statement read: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Edo State, has received reports of unruly incidents between yesterday (Friday) and today (Saturday), which degenerated to the disruption of the collection of PVCs and threat to officials and materials in the following Registration
Areas (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the collection centres for Ward 1 and Ward 9 to the INEC Local Council Office in Ikpoba Okha, while the staff earlier withdrawn from Ward 5, Ward 6 and Ward 7 are making their ways back to their collection centres to continue with the activity, on the assurances the Electoral Officer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 said.