Nineteen candidates are vying for governorship ticket, but many believe it is a two horse race between Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party. Edo state has a total of 1,925,105 registered voters; 192 Registration Areas (RAs); 2,627 Polling Units (PUs); and 4,011 Voting Points (VPs). A total of 25,000 police officers were deployed across the state to ensure peace and security during the polls, while 44 observer groups were accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as election monitors.
In most polling unit, some reporters and photo journalist observed the election were peaceful and INEC officials were seen setting up ballot boxes at various centres in Benin city as early as 7:45 am.
The election has been concluded in most part of the state and unofficial results have started trickling in. Reports suggest that after collation of 520 polling units, APC has a total of 53238votes while PDP has 55112, with 7391 rendered invalid.
Disclaimer: Please note that the results below are unofficial as only INEC has the right to collate and announce the results of the election
Compilation of results in the Edo State governorship election is still ongoing at the different local government areas across the state, with the electoral body getting ready at the headquarters to receive the results.
The compilation started after voting and counting of ballot papers at different polling units.
The exercise is said to have been largely peaceful. However cases of ballot box snatching have been reported at some polling stations.
Over 1.9 million people were registered to vote in the poll, which was supervised by over 18,511 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with 19 candidates contesting for the position of governor.
Edo State has 192 registration areas 2,627 polling units and 4,011 voting points.
Earlier, an official of the electoral body, said polls went on smoothly.
INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari, said the electoral process was going on as expected while the INEC officials and security agents were working professionally.
Mrs Zakari made the observation in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday at one of the polling centres in Benin City, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.
“It (the electoral process) has gone based on our expectation.
“The ad-hoc staff are working professionally (and) the security agents are doing their work (while) the people of Edo State are actually doing what we expect of them.
“They are behaving adequately, they are lined up neatly and everything is going smoothly,” she said.
But the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Osaro Onaiwu, called for total cancellation of the poll.
He claimed that there were cases of financial inducement and intimidation of Party loyalists.