Democracy Newsline reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the Edo governorship election at exactly 8 am on Saturday, September 19, amidst tight security.
The election is taking place in eighteen (18) Local Government Areas (LGAs) and one hundred and ninety-two (192) wards in the state.
Local government areas where the election is taking place are: Akoko Edo with 115,343 voters; Egor has 158,817; Esan Central has 40,831; Esan North-East has 66,790; Esan South-East has 58,802; Esan West has 83,467; Etsako Central has 42,042; Etsako East has 67,715; Etsako West has 128,188, and Igueben has 34,988.
Others are Ikpoba/Okha with 214,822; Oredo, 240,197; Orhionmwon, 102,739; Ovia North-East, 113,167; Ovia South West, 77,468; Owan East, 77,827; Owan West, 46,245 and Uhunmwonde 57,290.
According to INEC, the number of registered voters for the election is 2,210,534. However, 483,796 PVCs were not collected, leaving 1,726,738 voters eligible to take part in today’s election. According to the delimitation of the state, the election is conducted in the 2,627 polling units in 192 wards in the 18 LGAs of the state.
In the build-up to the election, Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has popped up clearly as a top contender for the office of the governor.
On the other hand, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, is hoping to unseat Obaseki as the governor.
The fourteen (14) political parties and fourteen (14) candidates are: EDEMAKHIOTA GODWIN OSAIMIAMIA – AA; MABEL AKOMU OBOH – ADC; IBOI LUCKY EMMANUEL – ADP; OSAGIE ANDREW IZE-IYAMU – APC; OSAGIE LUCKY IDEHEN – APGA;
AMOS OSALUMESE ARELOEGBE – APP; IGBINEWEKA OSAMUEDE – APM; OSIFO UHUNEKPENMA ISAIAH – LP; AGOL EBUN TRACY – NNPP; STEVIE NASH OZONO – NRM; GODWIN NOGHEGHASE OBASEKI – PDP; FELIX IZEKOR OBAYANGBON – SDP; OSAGIOBARE JONES – YPP and AKHALAMHE AMIEMENOGHENA – ZLP.
Below is the First Edo Election Result…
2:40 pm: PU010, Idunmwongo P/S, Idunmwongo, Ugbeka Ward, Orhionmwon LGA election results
Void/Invalid Votes: 2
Valid votes: 92
Registered Voters: 379
Election result in Egbogio village of South Ibie in Edo state.
Unused ballot 512.
Spoiled ballot 38.
Valid ballot 10.
Please note that these results are yet to be confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the only body recognised by law to declare election result.