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#NigeriaDecide2019: Early start in Benin

The rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections began on a positive note in Benin, Edo State, on Saturday.

Enthusiastic electorate trooped to polling centres as early as 7am to exercise their civic responsibility.

When our correspondent visited the Pop Primary School in Oredo Local Government Area, thousands of voters were already on ground, awaiting the commencement of accreditation at the 25 units there.

Oredo Ward 12, with 30 units, located inside Agbado Primary School, was already a beehive of activities at about 7:45 am.

INEC ad-hoc officials were seen putting things in place for the commencement of the election.

One of the electorate, Sam Uzoruku, said he was delighted to be part of history.

“I am happy to be here to cast my vote. It is part of history. Everyone here is conducting himself in a peaceful manner because we want our elections to be peaceful,” he said.

Electorate were already being accredited at Emokpae Primary School, venue of Oredo ward 4, as at 8.30 am.

The State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, is expected to cast his vote at this venue.

Things were, however, different at Oredo Ward 2, located at Adesuwa Primary School, Dawson Road, as there was no presence of INEC at all as at 8.20 am.

Electorate and party agents expressed disappointment over the delay.

Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Alex-Hart, said he would call the electoral officer in charge to know why.

He said; “That is surprising. But, I’m going to call the Electoral Officer to find out why.”



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