EDO OFFICE of the Independent
National Electoral Commission
(INEC) has warned its staff against
extorting eligible voters.
INEC issued the warning as
the ongoing continuous voter
registration (CVR) in the state
progresses.
The state Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC), Mr Obo
Effanga, who was at an interactive
session with members of Nigerian
Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Benin,
reacted to allegations of extortion of
eligible voters.
He said there was no such
complaint before him, but warned
that any staff caught in the act would
be disciplined accordingly.
Effanga disclosed that over 460,000
permanent voter cards (PVCs) were
yet to be collected by their owners in
the state .
” We have a total of 1,900,423
registered voter in Edo state prior to
the continuous voter registration.
“But we have only distributed
1,445, 749 PVCs while over 460,000
registered voters are yet to collect
their PVCs.
“ We have also registered
additional 38,448 at the conclusion of
the first phase of the CVR,” he said.
He said the commission had created additional six registration
centres to give eligible voters the
opportunity to register in the ongoing
second phase of the CVR.
While cautioning eligible voters
against double registration, he
warned that the commission would
not hesitate to prosecute anyone
who flouts the law.
He said the commission was at the
NUJ to seek collaboration with the
body in the area of sensitization of
the electorate, particularly those
in the rural area on the need to
register.
He added that “only the INEC
card will enable you to perform
your franchise.’’

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