There are unconfirmed reports of pockets of violence as the governorship election in Edo begins with an impressive voters’ turnout in most wards.
14 political parties have presented candidates for Saturday’s election.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, deployed senior officers and also ordered restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59 p.m Friday to 6.00 p.m Saturday to curb illicit arms, hard drugs, and political thugs.
There is also heavy presence of security at the Benin City office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC had said 483,796 voters have not collected their permanent voter cards (PVCs).
Out of 2,210,534 registered voters, only 1,726,738 would be allowed to participate in the election, the election umpire had said.
In a booklet detailing the statistics of PVC collection in Edo, INEC said the election would be conducted in 2,627 polling units in 192 electoral wards across 18 local government areas.
President Muhammadu Buhari had advised political parties, candidates and security agents to behave responsibly during the election.