Chairman, INEC Standing Committee on Estate and Works, Engineer Abubakar Nahuche, who spoke to newsmen after accessing the damage caused by the flood said several electoral materials were destroyed, disclosed that workers usually run out of their offices whenever there is heavy downpour to avoid be trapped inside their offices.
Though Nahuche noted that the flood would not affect the preparation for the 2019 general election, he added that a lot Information Communication Technology equipment were also damaged as Edo INEC headquarters have been ravaged by flood for the past three weeks.
The Chairman, INEC Standing Committee on Estate and Works who appealed to state government to tackle the menace of flood in the Ikpoba-Hill area where the Edo INEC headquarters is located, told newsmen that national headquarters of the commission was considering relocating the state headquarters to another place after 3,700 INEC card readers were destroyed by the flood.
On the other hand, Edo Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Alex-Hart, said he was yet to quantify what was lost to the flood.
“The flooding has paralyzed activities at the INEC headquarters in Edo. Where the office is situated is a valley and when it rains, you have surface run-off of water from all the areas to that place” he said.
This coming after the latest statistics released by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, revealed that the registered voter population has now hit 84.27 million. The commission also disclosed that the collection of PVCs would continue until one week to the 2019 general elections. Infographics obtained from the electoral umpire, yesterday, in Abuja showed that over 14.55 million voters were registered in the Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, exercise, which began in April 2017 and ended on August 31, 2018.