Edo 2024: INEC to replace all damaged facilities before Edo election

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that it would replace all facilities damaged by flood in its Edo headquarters office, affirming that the incident would not affect the Sept. 24 governorship election in the state as scheduled.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurance on Thursday in Benin, when he visited the state for on the spot assessment of the impacts of the Friday flood on the state office.

Yakubu also assured Edo people that in spite the setback caused by the flood, INEC would continue with the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the state.

“We are here basically to see for ourselves what happened to our facilities following the unexpected torrential rainfall and the flooding that occurred. Equally importantly for us to come and meet with you who are the staff in the Edo office.

“We thank God no life was lost. We thank God no injuries. But we want to assure you that in spite of the extensive damage we have recovered to do the continuous voter registration exercise and we will recover to conduct the governorship election in September.

“We have three months and three weeks to the election today. So whatever we have lost in terms of critical equipment, whatever support facilities we need to replace, whatever office furniture and facilities we need to replace, we will do so,” he said.

He said the commission would salvage some of the equipment that can be reclaimed, then mobilised resources from neighbouring states to replace the shortfalls for the successful conduct of the state election.

Yakubu who was accompanied by some INEC national commissioners; Federal Controller, Federal Ministry of Works in Edo, Hassan Babatunde, said he came with a team that would help to assess the level of loss to the flood and way forward.