49 days to the 2023 general elections, some hoodlums have disrupted the collection of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in some parts of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State.
ABN TV learned that 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.
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 to this newspaper today (Saturday).
“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collection centres for Ward 1 and Ward 9 to the INEC Local Government Office in Ikpoba Okha, while the staff earlier withdrawn from Ward 5, Ward 6 and Ward 7 are making their ways back to their collection centres to continue with the activity, on the assurances that the Electoral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.