This has gone according to the pronouncement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence the exercise on Sunday morning.
Returning officers have filed in the results from each of the 21 local government areas of the state and the Resident Electoral Commissioners, journalists, party agents, observers and other stakeholders are also present at the INEC collation centre in Lokoja, the state capital.
Channels TV correspondent covering the collation of results say there is heavy presence of Police with up to 15,000 officers and men deployed to provide adequate security even till the final announcement of results.
Nigerians are also keeping watchful eyes to know who will be the next governor of Kogi State.
INEC has also explained the rationale for its decision to commence collation on Sunday morning. According to our correspondent, this is to ensure that once the collation starts, there would be no reason to suspend the exercise in order to wait for the arrival of results from far away local governments.
With the voting over, it is expected that there would be less restriction of movement and residents would be going about their businesses and daily activities freely and peacefully.
INEC has warned that results of Kogi governorship election being posted on social media are inaccurate and should be disregarded.
In a message posted on Twitter, INEC said, “Official results will subsequently be announced and the winner of the election declared by the INEC returning officer.”