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National Commissioner supervising Edo State, Prof Rhoda Gumus with security men making their way through flood water to the State Office in Benin City last Friday

A downpour that occurred in Edo State on Friday 24th May has precipitated complete and severe flooding of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office in Benin City, damaging a section of the building and submerging movable and immovable items, office furniture and vehicles.

According to a statement by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Sam Olumekun mni and dated 25th May 2024,some of the voter enrollment machines already configured for the forthcoming Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) were also affected.

But Mr. Olumekun affirmed: “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: “in view of the emergency situation, the State Headquarters will not serve as a registration centre as planned. Instead, the exercise will now take place in our Ikpoba Okha LGA office located at 16 Customs Road, off Benin/Auchi Road, Benin City.”

The Commission has drawn the attention of the security agencies and emergency services to the incident. The Edo State Governorship election will hold on 21st September 2024.