By Mercy Obojeghren
Asaba, Feb. 20, 2019 The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta, Dr Cyril Omorogbe, said Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was yet to distribute sensitive materials in the state before the postponement of last Saturday’s elections.
Omorogbe, however, told newsmen in Asaba on Wednesday, that only part of the sensitive materials were delivered to the state before the shift in the elections was announced.
He said that materials yet to be sent to the state for Saturday elections were still being expected.
Omorogbe disclosed that the commission had deployed some key INEC officials in the state to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asaba, for tasks that would facilitate movement of men and materials to the field for Saturday elections.
He assured people of the state that the expected sensitive materials would arrive in the state latest on Friday.
He, however, said “if the items that we listed that we need from Abuja are not here at 2 p.m. on Friday, then we might have a problem.”
The REC apologised to the people, political parties and other stakeholders in the state for the inconveniences caused by the postponement of the elections on Saturday.
He urged all eligible voters to take solace in the saying that “delay in not denial”.
“Surely the voters will have their day on the new dates to freely choose who they want to represent them in the next four years,’’ he said.
Omorogbe disclosed that the commission received a total of 2,246,152 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for distribution to the registered persons in the state.
According to him, out of the figure, 2,166,703 cards were collected from the 25 local government areas, while 129,449 were yet to be collected.
He said that PVCs distribution data in the state showed that Ughelli North had a total of 39,427 PVCs, with 23,914 collected, leaving 15,513 uncollected.
“Oshimili South has a total number of 33,723 registered PVCs, 30,419 have been collected, and 3,304 yet to be collected.
“In Ika South, a total of 27,552 PVCs were sent, 21,536 were collected, while the remaining 6,016 were not collected.
“Sapele has 25,365 registered PVCs and 18,962 have been collected, while the remaining 6,403 are yet to be collected.
“In Warri South, 24,903 PVCs were registered, 15,996 were collected, while 8,907 were not collected,’’ he said.