Edo Flood: Machines for CVR affected, says INEC ..Insist CVR ‘ll commence Monday

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By: Mercy Peter


The Independent National Electoral Commission, Saturday said some of the machines for the Continuous Voter Registration in Edo State were affected by flood, following a heavy rainfall in Benin on Friday.

But, the Commission said the CVR will commence on Monday, 27 May as scheduled.


Sam Olumekun, INEC National Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed that some part of INEC State Headquarters was damaged and will no longer serve as a registration centre.


Olumekun in a statement also said movable and immovable items were submerged, including vehicles parked at the premises, office furniture and equipment.


He stated, “Our Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo State, Dr. Anugbum Onuoha, has reported that our State Headquaters in Benin City was completely flooded following a torrential rainfall yesterday Friday 24th May 2024.

“Preliminary assessment shows that the heavy downpour damaged a section of the building. Movable and immovable items were submerged, including vehicles parked at the premises as well as office furniture and equipment.

“Some of the voter enrollment machines already configured for the forthcoming Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) are affected. However, the Commission is delivering additional machines from the neighbouring States to make up for the shortfall. We are determined to ensure that the CVR in all the 192 Wards across Edo State will proceed on Monday 27th May 2024 as scheduled.

“However, in view of the emergency situation, the State Headquarters will not serve as a registration centre as planned. Instead, the exercise will now take place in our Ikpoba Okha LGA office located at 16 Customs Road, off Benin/Auchi Road, Benin City.

“Meanwhile, the attention of the security agencies and emergency services has been drawn to the incident.”

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