The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday announced that 4,658 Permanent Voter Cards were snatched during last week’s distribution of the cards in nine local government areas of Edo State.
It explained that a total of 3,661 PVCs were snatched in eight polling units in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Baritor Kpagih, who made this known while briefing journalists on the outcome of the distribution exercise, said that the commission also lost 997 of the cards in Etsako West and Ovia North-East local government areas of the state.
Kpagih, who decried the cases of card theft despite warnings by the commission that the PVCs could only be useful to their rightful owners, however, stated that the matter had been reported to the police, while the commission would also commence an internal investigation.
“We also want to put it on record that we were a bit disappointed that in spite of our appeal to all our people to recognise the fact that stealing and snatching of cards will be of no use because these cards can only be used by the card holder, such events still took place in a number of local government areas.