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PVC: eligible voters stage protest in Benin

 

EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin

 

WITH just few weeks to the March 28, 2015 Presidential election, eligible voters in four local government areas of Edo State who registered under Independent National Electoral Commission’s Continuous Voters Registration, are yet to receive their permanent Voter Cards.

This is coming on the heels of a protest to INEC office in Benin by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Egor/Ikpoba/Okha constituency, Mr. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma over what he described as the shoddy distribution of PVC in the Federal constituency.

Edo State INEC Administrative Secretary, Sir Brown Ulucha named the affected local government areas as Owan West, Owan East, Ovia South West and Uhunmwode.

Sir Ulucha who disclosed this while receiving the PDP candidate, said the cards were yet to arrive from Abuja, adding that the State Resident Electoral Commissioner was already in Abuja because of the cards.

He further disclosed that he had issued seven administrative queries to staffers of Ikpoba-Okha INEC office, assured that INEC would not play games.

According to him, it was the responsibility of INEC to ensure that the votes of Edo people count. He therefore, assured Agbonayinma that his complaint would be investigated.

Meanwhile,  the PDP Reps candidate who protested to INEC with his supporters armed with a petition,  told the INEC Administrative Secretary that while the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan want free and fair elections, some INEC staff were trying to sabotage the elections.

“Some INEC staff do not deserve to be here to supervise the distribution of PVC. If INEC want to succeed E.Os of Egor and Ikpoba-Okha must not be allowed to stay”, he said.

Agbonayinma who said his wife and several voters were yet to receive their voter cards, called on INEC to buckle up in the area of card readers and PVC distribution to ensure it gives Nigerians the best election.

 

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