Edo 2016 Governorship Election: Results Compilation Ongoing In Local Councils

Channels Television  
Updated September 28, 2016

INEC-sorting-sensitive-materialsCompilation of results in the Edo State governorship election is ongoing at the different local  government areas across the state, with the electoral body getting ready at the headquarters to receive the results.

The compilation started after voting and counting of ballot papers at different polling units.

The exercise is said to have been largely peaceful. However cases of ballot box snatching have been reported at some polling stations.

Over 1.9 million people were registered to vote in the poll, which was supervised by over 18,511 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with 19 candidates contesting for the position of governor.

Edo State has 192 registration areas 2,627 polling units and 4,011 voting points.

Earlier, an official of the electoral body, said polls went on smoothly.

INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari, said the electoral process was going on as expected while the INEC officials and security agents were working professionally.

Mrs Zakari made the observation in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday at one of the polling centres in Benin City, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

“It (the electoral process) has gone based on our expectation.

“The ad-hoc staff are working professionally (and) the security agents are doing their work (while) the people of Edo State are actually doing what we expect of them.

“They are behaving adequately, they are lined up neatly and everything is going smoothly,” she said.

But the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Osaro Onaiwu, called for total cancellation of the poll.

He claimed that there were cases of financial inducement and intimidation of Party loyalists.