The Edo State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was badly affected by the massive flood that hit some parts of the state on Saturday.
Reports said a section of the building’s perimeter fencing collapsed after two hours of heavy downpour, pushing in muddy waters that affected vehicles, files, computers and card readers.
But the card readers have started functioning after being exposed to air and no crucial registration data were lost, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga, told Premium Times.
The registration data were not affected because officials had forwarded those that had been concluded to the national headquarters in Abuja, while the ongoing collations were being backed up or shared with registration points at local government level.
Effanga said: “Remember we had completed the first quarter of continuous voter registration in July and the information had been backed up as well as shared with INEC HQ in Abuja.
“The current CVR information are shared daily between the registration points in the LGAs and the state headquarters and a comprehensive data compiled and shared at the end of each week.”