New Rain reports that that the election would take place in eighteen (18) Local Government Areas (LGAs) and one hundred and ninety-two (192) wards in the state.
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HoodlumsSnatch Ballot Box In Egor LGA
Some unknown hoodlums have snatched a ballot box in Benin City.
News Rain gathered that some thugs that are suspected to be working for politicians have snatched a ballot box in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.
The suspected thugs that were said to be four in number, at about 11: 45pm stormed a polling unit that is located on Mela Motel Road in Benin City.
The thugs were reported to have drive-in drove into the polling unit with a white puck up the van, and headed straight to the ballot boxes, snatch one of it and then rushed back into their vehicle and drove away, the incident as we gathered, left the police at the unit helpless because there was no vehicle for the officer to pursue the hoodlums.
Meanwhile, the police have reported the incident on air.
Below are the Edo Election Results from different polling units
Ward 1 (Okada West) in Ovia North-East PU 003 Okada Grammar School I
VP 4 PDP 58, APC 44
VP 3: PDP 60, APC 25
VP 2: PDP 80, APC 44, void 2
VP 1: PDP 79, APC 32, void 6
Total PDP 277, APC 145
PU 004 Okada Grammar School II
VP 1: PDP 76, APC 45, Void 3
VP 2: PDP 85, APC 43, void 1
VP 3: PDP 87, APC 33, void 3
VP 4: PDP 78, APC 42, void 1
Total: PDP 326, APC 163, void 8
OHORDUA, IBHIEDU PRIMARY SCHOOL (Ward 4, PU 008)
Ward 4, PU 5, Esan west LGA Collation has ended.
Void votes – 13
PU 12 Ward 4 Uromi Esan North-east LGA.
Total registered voters 710
Ward04 PU O12 Big joe motors aduwawa Ikopba/okha LG
Accredited voters: 251
Registered voters: 1657
Number of vote cast: 249
Esan North East LGA, Arue (Ward 03), Arue Primary School 2 (PU 005): Valid votes cast – 213
PDP – 150
APC – 61
ADC – 2
Orhionwmwon LG, Abiokunla 1, PU 012, Ewuare P/S, Ogan 1
Number of casted votes : 176
Ward 4, PU6, Eguare Primary School, Esan West LGA
PU002, Elaka P/S, Idunmulaka II, Ugbeka Ward, Orhionmwon LGA Election results
PU 13 Ward 4 Uromi Esan North-east LGA total registered voters 432
Esan North-East LGA, Uelen/Okugbe (Ward 04), Okpujie Primary School 3 (PU 004): Smart card accredited voters – 158
PDP – 119
APC – 31
ADC – 1
ADP – 2
OHORDUA EGUARE PRIMARY SCHOOL (Ward 4, PU 002)
Egor LGA, ward 6, Evbareke, Unit 10, Results
PDP – 99
APC – 46
2:40 pm: PU010, Idunmwongo P/S, Idunmwongo, Ugbeka Ward, Orhionmwon LGA election results
Void/Invalid Votes: 2
Valid votes: 92
Registered Voters: 379.
2:51 pm Orhionwmwon LG, Ward 1 Abiokula 1, PU 11, Alophanme City Hall, Ossiomo
APC : 84
PDP : 143
Total number of casted vote : 230
Please note that these results are not yet confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the only body recognised by law to declare election result.
3:47 Pm. APC Agents Caught Thumb Printing For Voters In Etsako LG
3:06 Pm. I’m Confident That I’m In The Election To Win – Philip Shaibu
2: 38 pm: Obaseki Votes, Express Concern Over Votes Buying, INEC Unpreparedness
On in incident, the traditional ruler of the community, the Enogie of Ologbo Dukedoom, HRH Jason Owen Akenzua, reportedly said he heard gunshots and when he contacted the DPO, he was told that it was the police that fired shots when the place was rowdy.
“I heard gunshots and called the DPO Ologbo. He told it was the police that fired warning shots to disperse the crowd when the place became rowdy. The area is calm and peaceful now.” He said
8:34 am Owan west, LGA:17 ward 4 PU 003. Voters are seen checking for their names. All is set but voting is yet to commence.
8:25 am: Etsako West Local Government Ward: 11 (Uzairue South West)
PU: 005. 5 minutes to the official commencement of voting, INEC officials are just pasting voter’s registration list.
8:10 AM: PU 07, Ward 5 Owan East LGA. Voter’s also seen queueing without maintaining social distancing.
8:05 AM: Emaudo/Eguare/Ekpoma, Ra 04, Pu 014 (Emaudo Primary School I) Esan West LGA. Asst. Presiding Officer III Addressing Voters In Their Various Languages.
08:03 AM: PU OO5 UROMI GIRLS PRIMARY SCHOOL IDUMU/OKOJIE (WARD 04), ESAN NORTHEAST LGA. It is observed that many voters are either not wearing a face mask or are wearing it the wrong way.
8:08 AM: Esan Southeast LGA, Ubiaja 1, Ward 06, PU 002, the ad-hoc staff are ready. The cubicle is arranged, voters list pasted and security agents surround the area.
7:57 am: Ohiomowhwon LG, RG Area Abiokunla 01, Ago-Ogbeide PU004, the electoral officers are preparing the election materials, voters are seen checking the pasted voters Registration list.
7:45 am: One of the cubicles at Ebelle Equare Primary School, Ward 06, PU 08, Igueben LGA is set up and ready for use.
7:53 AM: PU 06 Tipper Garage, Egor Ward, Egor LGA Voters are waiting to check for their names on the list.
7:47 am: Polling Unit 8 Voting point 1 ward 2 okpon Ovia South West Local Government, the Election officers are setting up for the business of the day.
7:44 AM: Polling Unit 005 and 006, Ugbeka Ward, Orhionmwon LGA Electoral officers just arrived at the units, preparation is ongoing as voters registers are being pasted.
7:43 AM: Ward 5 polling unit 4, argument amongst voters observed. Police officers aren’t doing anything to calm it down. Social Distancing is not observed.
7:38 am: at Unit 5, Uselu II, Egor LG, a couple of voters trying to confirm their names on the pasted Voters’ Registration List.
7:37am: LG:07, Ward 01, PU:01. Voters queuing without observing social distancing.
7:35am: LG:07, Ward 01, PU:01. Assistant Presiding officers paste the list of Accredited Voters.
7:29 am: at Etsako Central, Ward: 01, PU:02. Assistant Presiding officers paste the list of Accredited Voters.
7:20 am: at Unit 6, Uselu II, Egor LG, INEC ad-hoc staff have arrived and are seen setting up non-sensitive election materials in preparation for voting.
7:05 am: at Egoro, Ra 03. PU 006 (Equare Primary School 1), Esan West LGA. INEC officials setting up the polling unit.
7:00 am: at Egoro, Ra 03 Pu:006(Eguare Primary School) Esan west LGA. INEC officials moving out to their various polling units.
Local government areas where the election will take 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.
In the build-up to the election, Incumbent Governor Godwin Obasekiof the people’s 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 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) put the number of registered voters for the election at 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, elections would be conducted in the 2,627 polling units in 192 wards in the 18 LGAs of the state.
Fourteen (14) candidates are vying for the post of a governor on the platform of 14 political parties.
The fourteen (14) political parties and fourteen (14) candidates are EDEMAKHIOTA GODWIN OSAIMIAMIA – AA; MABEL AKOMU OBOH – ADC; IBOI LUCKY EMMANUEL – ADP; OSAGE ANDREW IZE-IYAMU – APC; OSAGE 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.