by Isi Esene
The Edo election have gone off to a peaceful start. There is a high voter turnout and materials were supplied by early by INEC in many polling units, although it came late in some areas.
Accreditation started on time in Ikpoba Hill and a few other locations but its commencement ran a little late at Ekenhuan, Idia college, Adolo college, and many areas in Agenebode where there were no INEC voting materials supplied as at 9:30am.
Accreditation is expected to last from 8am until noon.
The security situation is stable but there are unconfirmed reports of some miscreants trying to disrupt proceedings in some areas of the state. They were however repelled by the security men who informed reporters that they have put all necessary measures in place to ensure a peaceful voting exercise.
There are reports that soldiers ordering those found loitering to sit on the bare floor for not adhering to the restriction of movement order for security reasons.
About 7,000 men of the Nigerian Civil Defense Corps, 3, 500 soldiers, and an unknown number of men of the State Security Service (SSS) are on ground to maintain order.
The resident electoral commissioner for the state, Kassim Gaidam, has urged voters to “cast their votes and leave, for security reasons”.
This is contrary to the intention of many voters who have vowed to stay till their votes are counted and the results announced.