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2023: Worries as thugs scatter PVC collection in Edo

Some hoodlums have disrupted the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in some parts of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State.

The incident happened on Friday and Saturday 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 centres.

This has generated concerns as it occurred 49 days to the  2023 general elections 

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The thugs reportedly stormed the collection centres in five wards of Ikpoba Okha LGA in the morning.

Edo State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Timidi Wariowei, confirmed the development in a statement today, Saturday, January 7, 2023.

“The INEC Edo State has received reports of unruly incidents between yesterday, Friday and Saturday which degenerated into the disruption of the collection of PVC and threat to officials and materials in the five wards.

“In the meantime, INEC Edo State has decided to move the collection centres for Ward 1 and Ward 9 to the INEC Local Government Office in Ikpoba Okha, while the staff earlier withdrawn from Ward 5, Ward 6 and Ward 7 are making their ways back to their collection centres to continue with the activity, on the assurances that the Electoral Officer has received from the DSS of their presence in those locations,” the INEC official said.

Wariowe added that the commission had equally notified the state police command about the situation.

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Recall that the commission on Thursday, January 5, 2023, again commenced the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to registrants at the 8,809 electoral wards across Nigeria.

According to INEC, the distribution of PVCs will include Saturdays and Sundays. The exercise will last till January 16, 2023.

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