Saturday, November 21, 2015
Kogi Governorship Election: Accreditation still on going
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and materials arrived at most polling units at a little after 7:00am while voters began the accreditation exercise as early as 8:30am.
The process is to close at 01:30pm and voting is expected to commence at 01:30pm.
All accredited voters will get the opportunity to choose from the 22 candidates cleared by INEC to contest in the election.
There is heavy security presence in the state with the Police leading with 15,000 men on ground.
INEC has also assured residents of a hitch-free and credible poll.
Turnout of voters is impressive in quite a number of polling centres in the state while card readers malfunctioned in some polling units.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, however, appealed to the general public, especially travellers plying through Kogi State, that the partial restriction of vehicular movement between 06:00hrs to 18:00hrs on election day was informed by the exigencies of overriding security considerations and to forestall tactics by miscreants to undermine the electoral process.
Twenty-two candidates will be contesting on the platform of their different registered political parties.
Some of the top contenders in the Kogi governorship race include the incumbent and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Captain Idris Wada, who will be in a tough race with a former Governor and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Audu.
Philips Salawu, a former Deputy Governor to the immediate past Governor of the state, Ibrahim Idris, is the candidate of the Labour Party.
Over 1.3 million voters are expected to participate in the exercise.