Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Edo State has said that it has recovered 983 Permanent Voters Card, PVCs from an anonymous individual. Igini informed the gathering at a stakeholders’ forum held Friday, at the office of the National Orientation Agency in Benin.
He said that the recovered PVCs were among the 3,661 forcefully hijacked and stolen from INEC officials, who were distributing the cards, at 18 polling units in Orhionmwon Local Government Area, last November.
“I received calls, that they were going to return those permanent voters cards. That is good news,” explaining that 661 of the cards were from Urhonigbe North, while the remaining 322 cards were from Urhonigbe South polling units.
Igini called for the return of the remaining stolen PVCs, to enable their owners have the opportunity of voting for candidates of their choice, during the forthcoming elections.
He said that a total of 1,861 card readers, had been received by the Benin office of INEC for the elections in the state, just as he assured that the application of the cards would ensure that only accredited voters were allowed to vote.
Igini further explained that an eligible would complete accreditation in less than a minute, using the card reader which also has a 14-hour battery capacity.