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UPDATE 14: El-Rufai is asking voters to surround collation Centres & resist intimidation by soldiers
UPDATE 13: Voting in all the polling stations visited between Benin City and Okada Town have been very peaceful and orderly. But a member of the PDP at Ikaladerhan Primary School, Ovia North East, Okada Town, accused the ACN of intimidation by locating a billboard of the parties candidate few metres from the polling centre. The PDP also accused the ACN of buying votes from some PDP members.
An elderly woman almost caused a scene at the polling centre in Okada Town. She had collected the ballot papers and dipped her thumb in the ink ready to vote, only for her to stop abruptly and complain to the security official standing by that she was there to vote for broom, has seen the picture of the broom and but not the person.
Pressed to let the security man know who she wanted to vote for, she retorted: “Oshiomhole na.”
It took a lot of convincing for her to accept the broom was the same as the Oshiomhole. After she voted, she broke into dancing and she walked away with a sense of achievement and success.
At Ozolua Primary School, voting has ended in two of the four polling boothes, but the officials say counting would be delayed till the official closing time of 4pm.
All the accredited voters in the remaining polling units will soon complete voting
UPDATE 12: Voters hang around centres as counting continue at the Ozuala primary school centre, Ovia South West.
UPDATE 11: Low turnout appears to be a common decimal throughout most centres. Even those that turned up have their names missing from the register.
UPDATE 10: Accreditation ended in many centres in Okada. Voting about to begin.
UPDATE 9: Journalist Sunday Dare says observers have encircled an hotel with riggers from Kogi, and asked the military to make them incommunicado
UPDATE 8: Gov. Adams Oshiomhole berates INEC and claims people would revolt if they are unable to vote. Speaking from his voting centre, he claims all his strongholds are not supplied with voting materials and other places are sent fake voters register where voters are unable to locate their names.
UPDATE 7: Edo Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, promises investigation into reports of ballot box stuffing in some polling units
UPDATE 6: Accreditation ended in many centres in Okada. Voting about to begin
UPDATE 5: From Benin City to Okada, accreditation of voters have been peaceful, so far. Voters have expressed satisfaction with the conduct of INEC officials. Timely arrival of INEC officials was recorded in many voting centres.
There is heavy presence of the military in Benin City. Other security agents also have heavy presence everywhere our reporters visited. In the outskirts, security presence is less, with every polling unit having a military post of at least two soldiers.
In addition to the stationed soldiers, the military is also using an helicopter for aerial coverage, while some detachments roam with military trucks.
Each polling unit also has two unarmed police officers.
There are speculations that members of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, are discreetly present in some voting centre outside Benin City.
So far, there have not been any reported case of violence. However, in Iguobazuwa, some SUVs are patrol voting centres with their plate numbers detached and glasses tinted. The voters, say they are not moved and will protect their votes.
The Transtional Committee Council Chairman, in Ovia South-West Locol Government Council, Jonathan Igbinonwkhia, said the exercise has been orderly and peaceful in the area, as the people are determined to ensure continuity with the achievement of the incumbent administration in the state.
UPDATE 4: Governor Adams Oshiomhole queues up for accreditation
UPDATE 4: There are 2,627 Polling Units in Edo state & the Commission deployed 8,842 personnel to conduct the election. Police hotlines: 08071408009 for Edo South, 08167435347 for Edo Central, & CP, Femi Adenaike: 08033008525