Ahead of the September governorship election in Edo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Johnson Alalibo Samikiem has disclosed that a total number of one million, seven hundred and thirty five thousand, nine hundred and ten permanent votersâ€™ cards have been collected, while four hundred and eighty three thousand, eight hundred and sixty eight are yet to be collected.
Speaking to newsmen after a closed-door meeting in Benin city, the state capital, Dr Samikiem said the inter-agency consultative committee on election security meeting with heads of the various security agencies in the state was necessary as part of ways to synergize.
While giving a breakdown of the total number of permanent votersâ€™ cards collected so far, he said the 2019 election register will be used for the Edo State 2020 Governorship election.
â€œFor now, the Commission has no plan on carrying out the continuous voter registration, we are going to use the data from the 2019 register,â€ he said.
The REC also appealed to the various key players in the Edo politics not to see the governorship election as a do or die exercise, which he said was the foundation of election violence.
â€œElection is not a do or die exercise, Edo people should come and vote in their choice, they should remember that there is life after election, so as a Commission we expect the voter to comport themselves in a manner that speaks positively,â€ he added.