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Flood destroys voter enrolment machines in Edo INEC office

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that massive flood occasioned by heavy rain has destroyed part of its state headquarters building in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Sam Olumekun, said this Saturday in a statement in Abuja.

He said due to the flood, several moveable and immoveable items, including machines being configured for the continuous voter registration exercise, which begins on Monday, were affected.

He said as a result of the incident, the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will no longer take place at the commission headquarters in Benin as scheduled.

He said the exercise earlier scheduled for the state headquarters will now take place at the Ikpoba Okha LGA office located at 16 Customs Road, off Benin/Auchi Road, Benin City.

“However, the commission is delivering additional machines from neighbouring states to make up for the shortfall. We are determined to ensure that the CVR in all the 192 wards across Edo State will proceed on Monday 27th May 2024 as scheduled.

He added that the attention of the security agencies and emergency services has been drawn to the incident.