The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that a delay encountered in the receipt of collated results of the Edo State governorship election from local government areas has delayed the collation at the state level.
This was disclosed by INEC’s National Commissioner, May Agbamuche-Mbu on Sunday in Benin.
Equally important, Agbamuche-Mbu is the INEC commissioner in charge of Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers State. Also, he has been picked as the commissioner overseeing the Edo State election.
The INEC official, who addressed newsmen and party agents at the state collation centre, INEC headquarters, Benin; disclosed that results were still being expected from the 18 local government areas of the state. She added that this was at the time she spoke.
“This is to inform you all that we are still waiting for results from the local government areas. I am sorry we have to wait before we start collation. Only one local government has arrived in the centre.
“We are going to wait until at least when results from seven local government areas arrive in the centre before we start. We do not want anybody to cast aspersions on us. So we are going to wait,” she said.
Meanwhile, reports from the Edo elections, on Saturday, September 19; revealed that at the end of voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area; Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.
Governor Godwin Obaseki thereby won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.
Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes; while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.
1st News further gathered that in unit 21, Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.
In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.
Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.
Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm.
Meanwhile, Gov. Obaseki said he expected better preparations from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the Saturday’s governorship poll, after queueing for over an hour before voting.