Saturday, 14 July 2012

LIVE UPDATES: Edo Governorship Election 2012

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Seven candidates are contesting the Edo state governorship election today.
They are:
Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole – Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN);
Solomon Edebiri – All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP);
Izevbuwa Roland – Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) – he announced he was stepping down for the ACN candidate days ago, but is still considered a candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Andrew A. Igwemoh – Labour Party (LP)
Paul Orumwense – National Conscience Party (NCP)
Charles E. Airhiarvbere – Maj. Gen. (rtd), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Prince Frank Ukonga – Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP).
Although the contestants are seven, the contest is clearly a straight fight between the ACN and the PDP candidates.
The ACN candidate is counting on his incumbency and popularityto overwhelm his PDP challenger. The PDP candidate, going into the contest as an underdog, will leverage on the support of his party which is the national ruling party.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps has deployed 7,000 personnel to work with other security agents in Edo state today.
-Soldiers are seen patrolling on the streets of Benin restricting movements as its election day.
-Esan West LGA: INEC officials are yet to arrive at polling station Esan Grammar School road B, Ubierumu.
-Soldiers ensure that only passersby with voter cards pass through their blockades.
-Soldiers deployed are 3500, policemen undisclosed, civil service 7,000, SSS undisclosed.
-There will be 2,627 polling units, 1,555,776 eligible voters and 8,842 INEC officials in Edo state.
-Accreditation is now in progress.
-Edo Governorship Election: INEC HOTLINES ARE 07098117563, 07098115592, 07098112685, 07098115257, 07098115583, 07098110916, 07098114865.
-Ward 7 Muka primary school, INEC officials present as at 8:30am and accreditation started already.
-Okunbo primary school ward 2, INEC officials and security absent. Alot of people are waiting
-Egbesan primary school ward 9, the process is going on fine, accreditation has started as at 8:35am
-Armed fierce looking military men just arrived at Ezonmo pry school ward 3.
-Some thugs came to Igbisa primary school to cause havoc but the security men intervened.
-No INEC official has arrived at Garrick Memorial Polling Center.
9:25 – Electoral materials still being expected in some polling units in Edo North.
9:27 – INEC officials just arrived at ward 11 and everthing is under control.

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