…As non-sensitive materials distributed to 18 LGs
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that a total of one million, seven hundred and thirty five thousand, nine hundred and ten (1,735,910) persons have collected their permanent voters cards (PVCs) in readiness for the September 19 governorship election Edo State.
The Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Johnson Alalibo Sinikiem, made the disclosure on Thursday while welcoming members of Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Benin, the State capital.
Dr. Sinikiem however stressed that 483,868 PVCs yet to be collected.
A total of of 2,210,534 people registered as at 2019.
The REC revealed that there are 2,627 polling units as well as 1,892 voting points across the 18 local government areas in the state, while there are 192 Registration Area Centres (RACs)
The REC confirmed that the INEC office in Edo state has received and equally distributed most of the non-sensitive materials for the governorship election in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner therefore appealed to the ICCES to closely monitor the ongoing political campaigns in the state with a view to discussing any issue or incidence especially threats of violence at the meeting.
The Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC, Dr
Sinikiem pointed out, has commenced series of trainings preparing staff and other stakeholders for the election.
According to him, “We have trained various categories of our staff for the election, ranging from management staff, Electoral Officers, Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) etc.
“With the support of some of our donor partners, some security agents have also been trained on their operations of providing security within the context of Covid 19.
“The training of Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) is slated for 31st August- 1st September, 2020, while that of Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers is slated for 3rd— 5th September, 2020.
“The training of Collation Officers will take place on the 16th-17th September, 2020. I urge relevant security agencies to monitor these trainings to enable us pick the best adhoc staff that will conduct the election.
“I also wish to state that we have received most of our non-sensitive materials for the election. We have equally distributed the ones we have received to the electoral officers of the 18 local government areas”, he said.a