The governorship election in Edo State has begun peacefully with impressive voters’ turnout in most wards across the state, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.
Although the situation does not suggest the likelihood of violence, there was massive security presence in cities, town and villages.
With total compliance with restriction of movement across the state, the processes of making the election peaceful and credible was uninterrupted.
Major streets, especially in Benin, the state capital, didn’t witness the usual traffic as the residents move to their respective polling stations for accreditation.
Also reports from other areas such as Uzzebba, Igueben, Auchi, Ososo, Ekpoma, Jattu and Ughoton, among other towns and villages, say there is impressive turnout and orderly situation.
Edo has 193 wards with 18 local government areas.
In most polling units, security operatives arrived in their duty points to enforce restriction on movement of people and vehicles during election.
NAN correspondents that went round observed that security operatives were present as early as 6am in strategic locations in the city centres of the three senatorial districts of Edo South, Central and North.
Bondaries, including Edo South – Idogbo, Etete/Adesuwa, Oluku, Upper Siluko, Ologbo and Eyean – are supervised by security personnel that ask motorists without movement permit to park and check for Permanent Voter Card to pass.
The situation is similar in Ekpoma, Iruepken in Edo Central, Okepella, Jattu junction and Agbede in Edo North.