Edo voters accuse INEC of distributing same PVCs twice

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INEC-PVC-360nobs.jpg-2Registered Voters at Ekpon Town, which is  Ward 10 in Igueben Local Government area of Edo state have raised alarm over the duplication of permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, in the locality.

Their fear is that whereas the over 1, 000 persons of age who were registered as Voters in Nov/Dec 2014 were yet to receive their PVCS,  INEC in the state made on Saturday made available reprints of PVCS which many in the ward had earlier collected.

Spokesperson of the Voters Mr Joe Aitamegbe told reporters that many who went to with the new voters to confirm their identities on the Voters Register when INEC said so, were shocked when they were given another PVC.

“We are worried. Like me I have two PVCS with the same names and so many people in this area have that same problem. I wonder why INEC will give us two PVCS when there are those who registered last year without PVCS”.

However, INEC REC Mike Igini in Edo who could not be reached for comments on the development  had earlier promised that voters in four local government areas of Edo which are yet to receive their PVCS will get them this week. 

Voters in Ovia South West, Uhunmwode , Owan West and Owan East local government areas of the state were yet to get their PVCs as at the weekend even as INEC warned political parties against delay in submission of their agents names for the general elections.

Mr Igini  confirmed that the 22nd of March, 2015 deadline for the political parties to submit final list of their polling agents together with their passport photographs, has come and gone.

He assured Nigerians of the commission’s readiness for the 28th March and 11th April’s polls in the state, adding that already non-sensitive materials including ballot boxes have been delivered to all the 18 local government areas of the state. 

Meanwhile  INEC has said that Edo state has a total of  1, 818,129 instead of the figure of 1,791,165. It earlier made public. This is broken down into 1, 055,258 for Edo south: 299,558 for Edo Central and 463,313 for Edo North.

 In Edo North, Oredo has the highest voter list with 249, 042; Egor has170, 257, Ikpoba-Okha: 249, 042, Orhionmwon, 97,414, Ovia North-East, 141, 319, Ovia southwest 73,877 and Uhunmwode 60, 146. 

In Edo Central Esan West has the highest list with 82, 996, Esan Central: 46156, Esan Northeast, 70, 184, Esan Southeast, 61, 385, and Igueben: 38, 837. 

For Edo North, INEC said Etsako West has the highest with 130, 750 voters with Akoko-Edo 105, 264, Etsako East, 63, 374, Etsako Central, 40, 015, Owan East: 73, 019 and Owan West, 50, 891. 

In all the commission says Edo has  2, 627 Polling Units: 2, 627 and 1, 152 Polling Points while as at the weekend, the total number of PVCs distributed stood at1,226,247.

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