14 July 2012

Nigeria: Voting Ends Peacefully in Edo Governorship Poll

Voting in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday ended peacefully in many areas, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN correspondents, who covered the election, reported that the main politicians in the state voted early in their communities.

In Edo North Senatorial District and Edo Central Senatorial District voting ended early but in Edo South Senatorial District, voting continued till 5p.m. because of the late commencement of accreditation in some polling units.

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole , the Governorship Candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), cast his ballot at Iyamo Ward 10, Unit I, Etsako West Local Government Area, at 12.50 p.m.

In Edo Central Senatorial Zone, a chieftain of People's Democratic Party (PDP), , Chief Tony Anenih, voted at Uzenama Primary School in Arue, Uromi, Esan West Local Government Area, at 12.45p.m.

However, the accreditation of voters and voting went on simultaneously at Egbele Primary School, Uromi, as many people in two units had not been accredited at the time voting started.

Also, the PDP Governorship Candidate, Maj.-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, a retired army officer, voted at 3.03 p.m. at Garrick Memorial Primary School, Ekewan in Oredo Local Government Area.

He expressed the hope that the election would be free and fair and that he would win the election.

In Igueben Local Government Area, Chief Tom Ikimi, a leading member of ACN, voted in Eguare Primary School, Ward II, at 12.34 and said the turnout of voters was reasonable and the conduct of the poll peaceful.

NAN reports that because of some challenges relating to the register of voters, voting continued in some parts of Edo South Senatorial District, especially in Oredo Local Government Area.

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