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Flood damages INEC office in Edo

By Taiwo Okanlawon

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its office in Benin City, Edo has been ravaged by flood.

This was revealed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Sam Olumekun, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Olumekun said that INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo, Dr Anugbum Onuoha, reported that the state was completely flooded following a torrential rainfall on Friday.

According to Olumekun, preliminary assessment shows that the heavy downpour damaged a section of the building, while movable and immovable items were submerged.

“The flood damaged a section of the building. It destroyed voters registration machines and other items,” Olumekun disclosed.

“Property submerged included vehicles parked at the premises as well as office furniture and equipment,” he added.

He added that some of the voter enrollment machines already configured for the forthcoming Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the state were affected.

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“The commission is delivering additional machines from the neighbouring states to make up for the shortfall.

“We are determined to ensure that the CVR will commence as scheduled on Monday, May 27, in all the 192 Wards across Edo.

“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 Local Government Area office located at 16, Customs Road, off Benin/Auchi Road, Benin City,” he said.

Olumekun said the attention of security agencies and emergency services had been drawn to the incident.

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