The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, disclosed that 19, 548 of the 52, 013 persons that registered during the just concluded Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise in Edo State were disqualified because of double registrations.
The commission’s education officer in Edo State, Mr Timidi Wariowei, disclosed this during a Media and Stakeholders Summit with the theme, “Roadmap to Credible, Transparent and Peaceful Election in Edo State,” organised by the state council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
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He said the commission discovered this during the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS). Wariowei also disclosed that the commission had increased the polling unit in the state from 2,627 to 4,519 to make elections seamless in the state.
He appealed to journalists in the state to cooperate with the commission to ensure peaceful and credible elections in the state just as he urged them to desist from the temptation of being the ones to announce election results while on election monitoring exercise.
On his part, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, represented by the head of operations of the command, James Chu, said citizens of the state must check their excesses as they plan for the forthcoming elections. Earlier, the state chairman of the NUJ, Festus Alenk called on the law enforcement agencies to see journalists as partners in progress and should not brutalize them while doing their job.