All is set for the Edo state gubernatorial election which has been dubbed a tug-of-war between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), with the main contest being between Godwin Obaseki of APC and Andrew Ize-Iyamu of PDP.
Altogether, nineteen candidates are vying for the ticket to the Edo State Government House.
Edo state has a total of 1,925,105 registered voters; 192 Registration Areas (RAs); 2,627 Polling Units (PUs); and 4,011 Voting Points (VPs).
At least, 25,000 police officers were deployed across the state to ensure peace and security during the polls, including officers from the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army, while 44 observer groups were accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as election monitors.
As at 7:45 am, INEC officials were already setting up ballot boxes at various centers in Benin city and sensitive materials for the election were handed over to the commission amidst tight security.