- Edo governorship election is ongoing across all the 18 local government areas in the state
- Voters are trooping out en mass to decide who will govern their state for another four years
- However, there is a palpable fear over continued flouting of Covid-19 safety protocols by voters and INEC officials
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Amid mounting scare over the coronavirus crisis currently buffeting the country, voters in Edo state and the numerous election officials have steadily failed to observe the Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Edo governorship election is currently ongoing in all the 18 local government areas in the state with voters trooping out to decide who will rule them for another four-year term.
Governor Godwin Obaeki, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is presently having a tough run with 13 other candidates including Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, there is an apparent gross violation of the Covid-19 safety protocols by the electoral officers and voters.
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Legit.ng understands that most voters in Igueben, Esan, Ovia, and Ikopba/Okha local government areas and other places do not observe social distancing while many electorates failed use face masks as stipulated in the safety guidelines for the election by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Although not all the voters flouted the safety guidelines, there is a palpable fear that non-compliance by the electorate and election officers may contribute to the possible spread of the Covid-19 infection despite the federal government's collective efforts to flatten the curve.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Eric Eniogboria-led team of electoral observers for the Edo election has been arrested and detained by the operatives of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
Eniogboria and his team members from the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) were arrested in the early morning of Saturday, September 19, by the police officers from the Irrua division.
According to Legit.ng correspondent who was at the scene of the incident, the CDD observers were apprehended while covering Esan Central local government area in Edo state.
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