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Residents of Edo state on Saturday, September 19, began the process of choosing who will govern the state for the next four years.

There are 14 governorship candidates participating in the election, but the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are believed to be the top contenders in the race.

Records at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicated that 1.72 million people are eligible to vote in the election, while 483,796 eligible voters will not participate in the poll for failure to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

Legit.ng reporters are currently on the ground to keep you updated about all the happenings in the Edo governorship election.

Police reportedly restrict governors, VIPs to hotels ahead of voting

Reports have emerged that the Nigerian police force has restricted the movements of governors and very important personalities (VIPs) who arrived Edo state ahead of the commencement of the governorship election to hotels to prevent manipulation of the voting process.

However, the PDP has accused security agencies of harassing and targeting its governors who had gathered in Benin ahead of the poll.

INEC distribution of election materials continues

INEC continues to distribute election materials in parts of the state. The electoral commission has just distributed some materials in Oredo and Ovia local government areas of the state.

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Distribution of election materials in Edo. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Live updates: Edo decides as Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, others battle for votes

Distribution of election materials in Edo. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Live updates: Edo decides as Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, others battle for votes

Distribution of election materials in Edo. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Live updates: Edo decides as Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, others battle for votes

Distribution of election materials in Edo. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Live updates: Edo decides as Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, others battle for votes

Distribution of election materials in Edo. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Election materials arrive Oredo local government area

Officials of INEC have distributed election materials from Ward 002 in Oredo local government area to various polling units.

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Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Police detain cars in Benin City

The Edo state commissioner of police, Lafimihan Adeoye led policemen to detain dozens of cars heading to polling units in Water Resources, Ugbor, Benin City.

Legit.ng recalls that the police had restricted vehicular movement in Edo state to check the movement of political thugs and other criminally-minded people from disrupting the electoral process.

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Police detain cars in Edo state. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Police detain cars in Edo state. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Police detain cars in Edo state. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Police detain cars in Edo state. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Police detain cars in Edo state. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Voters ignore physical distancing rules in Edo state

Observation by Legit.ng reporters in Benin City shows that most voters have ignored the rules of physical distancing in the Edo governorship election.

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Voters ignoring physical distancing rules. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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In the 3 polling units visited by Legit.ng in Oredo local government area, voters were seen packed on queues and not starting 2 meters apart according to the NCDC guidelines.

Before the commencement of the voting process, INEC officials took time to remind the voters of the need for physical distancing, but it has been largely ignored.

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Voters ignoring physical distancing rules. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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An INEC official who spoke to Legit.ng at polling unit 20 in United Baptist Church, Ward 4, stated that people were eager to vote and refused to adhere to the instructions.

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Voters ignoring physical distancing rules. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Voters ignoring physical distancing rules. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Voters ignoring physical distancing rules. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Voters ignoring physical distancing rules. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Some voters are ready for the election process

Voters in Ohordua Eguare Primary School (Ward 4, PU 001), Esan Southeast LGA are ready to vote.

Police detain election observers

Police officers from the Irrua division have arrested and detained the Centre for Democracy and Development observers led by Mr. Eric Eniogboria covering Esan Central local Government area in Edo state.

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Police detain election observers. Photo credits: Jerrywright Ukwu
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Edo voters disclose who they would be voting for in the governorship election

Voters in Edo state have disclosed the reason why they have resolved to vote for their respective candidates.

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APC candidate, Ize-Iyamu votes

Voting has already commenced in some polling units in the Edo state.

The candidate of the APC in Edo state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu has just cast his vote.

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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins
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A blind voter casts his vote

A blind voter casts his vote in Unit 20, Ward 4, at United Baptist Church, Benin City, Oredo local government area.

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A blind man casting his votes. Photo credits: Jerrywright Ukwu
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Some polling units are yet to start voting

Governor Obaseki polling unit

The governor of Edo state, Governor Godwin Obaseki has finally arrived for accreditation and voting.

He arrived at his polling unit at around 10.24am accompanied by aides.

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Obaseki arrives at his polling unit. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Obaseki washing his hands at his polling unit. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Obaseki washing his hands at his polling unit. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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Obaseki standing in line to vote. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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LIVE UPDATES: Edo governorship election begins

Obaseki standing in line to vote. Photo credits: Samuel Olubiyo
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