…Officials commend smooth take-off of exercise

From Tony Osauzo, Benin

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, commenced the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise to capture new eligible voters who have not yet registered for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

During the exercise, PVC collection was ongoing side by side the continuous voter registration.

Speaking at Ikpoba-Okha registration area, Prof. Rhoda Gumus, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Edo, Delta and Cross River States who monitored the exercise, commended its smooth process.

She expressed satisfaction at the process and urged the prospective voters to be patient, adding that they will all be registered.

“We have been to Oredo and we are here at Ikpoba-Okha registration area which we are using as our state head office registration centre because of the flood disaster that happened at our head office on Friday.

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“So far, we are in touch with other registration areas within and outside Benin and the exercise is going on smoothly. As you can see, we have registered some people and others are still waiting.

“The process just started today and it is going on smoothly and it is impressive and commendable”, she said.

Also speaking, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Anugbum Onuoha, said INEC was well prepared for the exercise hence the flood disaster that destroyed some of the commission’s equipment could not stop the exercise.

“We thank God for the enablement to begin this exercise, having in mind the flood disaster that destroyed some of our equipment on Friday. Because of the flood disaster, we had to move our head office registration area to INEC office at Ikpoba-Okha local government.

“We are here and witnessing large turnout of people who are here as either new registrants or to transfer their registration or for PVC collection.

“INEC is prepared for this exercise and nothing will make us fail. People expected us to discontinue the exercise but we were prepared even before the flood disaster happened.

“Yes, we had some initial network problems but it has been resolved and the exercise is going on smoothly and by the grace of God, the exercise will be successful”, he said, adding that both the CVR and the PVC collection would be a 10-day exercise, starting from May 27 to June 5, 2024 from 9.am to 3.pm daily, including weekends.


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