The Governorship election in Edo state flagged off peacefully with impressive voters’ turnout in most wards across the state, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Although the situation does not suggest the likelihood of violence, there is massive security presence in cities, town and villages.
Following total compliance with restriction in movement across the state, the processes and measures at ensuring a peaceful and credible election have so far been progressing uninterrupted, except for flashes of voters’ agitation and reported cases of votes’ buying in some areas.
Major streets, especially in Benin city, the State capital, do not witness the usual heavy traffic as the residents were seen moving round to access their respective polling stations for accreditation and eventual voting
Also reports from areas such as Uzzebba, Igueben, Auchi, Ososo, Ekpoma, Jattu and Ughoton, among other towns and villages, indicated an impressive turnout and orderly conduct among the voting populace.
Edo state has 193 wards its 18 local government areas. And in most of the polling units, security operatives arrived at their duty early points to enforce restriction on movement of people and vehicles during the accreditation and voting period.
NAN reports observed that security operatives were present as early as 6a.m in strategic locations in the city centres of the three senatorial districts of Edo South, Central and North.
It was further observed that the border communities, including Edo South — Idogbo, Etete/Adesuwa, Oluku, Upper Siluko, Ologbo and Eyean — are effectively manned and supervised by security personnel.
In the process, motorists without official movement permit are requested to park and checks conducted for them to show their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to proceed on their movement..
Similar scenarios also played out in Ekpoma, Iruepken in Edo Central, Okepella, Jattu junction and Agbede in Edo North. – NAN