- As INEC captures 135,877 new voters
Edo State government has raised the alarm over alleged oncoming attacks planned by the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, NDVF, during the coming governorship election in the statye on September 10.
A statement by Musa Ebomhiana, senior special assistant on media to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, alerted on the plot, stating that “the militants are expected to invade the state through the waterways in Ologbo, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area and Agenebode, Etsako East Local Government Area.”
The other entry points, according to the statement, include Ekperi and Anegbete in Etsako Central Local Government Area and Siloko in Ovia North East Local Government.
About 4, 000 of these militants are alleged to have been hired to carry out this dirty job.
One of the leaders of the group and an indigene of Edo State who simply gave his name as J. C. Goddon otherwise known as Rambo, said he was duty-bound to expose this evil plan of his colleagues-in-arms because “we are for free, fair and peaceful election in Edo State and the entire Niger Delta, nothing less.”
Goddon also revealed that “I have advised some of my colleagues in other groups not to be used to destabilise the election in Edo. I also want to advise the youths here (Edo) not to allow themselves to be used to foment trouble before, during and after the election.”
INEC captures 135,877 new voters
A total of 135, 877 new voters were captured in the last Continuous Voters Registration exercise held in the 18 local government areas of Edo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The figure took the voter population in the state from 1, 791, 513 in 2015 to 1, 925,105 voters who are expected to vote in the September 10 governorship election.
These figures, according to the register of voters which the INEC yesterday presented to political parties in the state, showed that the voters would have the opportunity of exercising their franchise in 2, 627 polling units located in 192 registration areas in September.
Of the lot, INEC voided 2, 936 voters for registering without finger prints or double finger prints, thereby expunging their names from the register of voters.
These figures were more compared with the 1,326 who suffered similar fate in 2015.
The presentation of the voters register in Benin City was done by Mr Chidi Okafor, the director of ICT, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
In all, the INEC officer said that 52 percent of the registered voters were males while 48 were females, adding that about 36 percent of the voters were in 18-30 age bracket.
Those in the 31-50 age bracket are more with 43 percent of the voter population while there are 16 percent of voters in the age 51-70 category and five percent in the 71 years and above age group.
Meanwhile, the national commissioner in charge of South-South zone, Dr. Mustapha Lecky has promised that the commission might deviate from the norm and hold a successful and conclusive election in Edo.
He said “INEC is not unmindful of trending commentaries following recent elections a number of which has been inconclusive before they were later concluded with re-runs.”