Some thieves, who stole 3,661 Permanent Voters Cards in Orhiomwon local government area of Edo State have returned 983 of the stolen cards.
It was learnt that a total of 4,658 PVCs were stolen at distribution points in nine local government areas of the state.
However, the alleged thieves reportedly dumped the cards at two polling units and called the Independent National Electoral Commission officials to go and retrieve them.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Barr. Mike Igini, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ forum held at the National Orientation Agency office in Benin, the state capital, on Friday.
The REC urged the thieves to return the remaining PVCs to enable the rightful owners participate in the elections.
He said, “I received anonymous calls saying that they were going to return those permanent voters cards. As I speak to you, as at yesterday, we have received the stolen cards from Orhionmwon local government area. That is good news.
“While 661 cards were recovered from Urhonigbe North, 322 cards were retrieved from Urhonigbe South polling units”.