1st November, 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will begin display of voters’ register at various polling units across the state from Nov. 6 to 12.
Mr Emmanuel Alex-Hart, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Edo made this known during a meeting with representatives of various political parties in Benin on Thursday.
He said the display would afford the general public the opportunity to make claims for inclusion of names and objection to lists of deceased, underage, multiple and those of foreign nationals.
He said the exercise would also give credibility to the voters’ register and guarantee the credibility of electoral outcomes.
He added that the exercise would be carried out by the staff of the commission and members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
“I urge you to partner with the commission and cooperate with our field officers for the success of the exercise.
“I also want you to help create the needed awareness to all and sundry on the need for all to validate the register ahead of the 2019 general elections,’’ he said
Alex-Hart revealed that about 473,476 unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) currently with the commission would be taken to the various polling units for collection.
“The commission has made the collection process much easier. So mobilise your people to go and validate the register and also use the opportunity to collect their PVCs,’’ he said.
Mrs Grace Eseka, the State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in her remarks said the agency had concluded plans to embark on a door-to-door campaign on the importance of collecting the PVCs.