Gov Adams Oshimhole who was accredited at 11.45 a.m and voted shortly after noon expressed great disappointment at the conduct of INEC.
“Jega has disappointed Nigerians, INEC has failed” the incumbent governor and ACN candidate said shortly after voting in his ward at Iyanmo, in Akoko Edo. He expressed regrets that accreditation was disrupted in several areas. He particularly noted several areas of Akoko Edo where accreditation and voting started past noon concurrently.
He also noted that in New Era College, Benin that a fake voters’ register was used. The ACN candidate said he would not go to court but will Fight it out.
The strong man of Edo Chief Anthony Anenih cast his vote at about 1.12 pm at Uzenema Primary School, Uromi and described turnout as impressive. He said he would not make any comments until later.
Voters heave a sigh of relief as the clouds lift up and those who ran for cover take their positions on the line in the polling units at George Idah Primary School, GRA, Benin
@ 12:52 PM Voting starts in UNIT 4 Ward 2 OREDO
@ 12:45PM High turnout of prospective voters in Edo central senatorial zone. At Iruekpen, Ekpoma, Irrua and Uromi, accrediion was orderly and peaceful. No incidents so far. Former Governor OSEHREINMEN Osunbor commends exercise, but urges that the judiciary should not truncate the mandate of the people.
@ 12:37 PM High turn out of voters but irregularity in the registers is disenfranchising many in Oredo LGA. In Ward 2 Unit 07, Ebenezer Primary School, Ihama Road, GRA, Benin more than 400 names missing in the register that has 1350 names.
@ 12:15 At ward 2 Unit 7 Oredo LGA with Registration of 1350, as many as 400 names cannot be found on the INEC register.
Also according to agency report
Benin, July 14, 2012 (NAN) The accreditation of voters, which began early on Saturday in many parts of Edo for the governorship election in the state, went on smoothly in many areas.
The exercise took off promptly at 8 a.m. at OlogboserePrimary School, Sakpoba Road, with an enthusiastic crowd milling around INEC officials.
The officials had no problems attending to the potential voters as they conducted themselves orderly by queuing up to be cleared for the exercise.
Those, who came for registration were first cleared by the soldiers who manned the gate to the school compound and searched the people before allowing them entry.
At AsoroPrimary School, Benin, the accreditation started late and at 9.50 am, voters still waited to be accredited.
Many of the people expressed worry about the delay in the commencement of the electoral process and discussed the development in groups.
Dr Ikwchukwu Okonkwo, a potential voter, said he hoped that the failure of election officials to arrive early was not an attempt to rig the election or frustrate those who came out to vote.
Another voter, Obowanti Paul, said it was unfortunate that people were being made to wait without any explanation.
He expressed the hope that the officials would come to start the election process.
At Auchi Ward III, some voters said they came out 7 a.m, although the accreditation of voters began at 8 a.m.
Mr Samuel OJuola of Alliance for Credible Election, an election monitoring group, said the election process was well organised in the centers he visited.
“There is massive turnout of voters and in very orderly manner,’’ Oluola said.
The accreditation of voters went on smoothly at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre.
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole was accredited at IyamoWard 10, in Etsako East Local Government Area at 11.35 a.m.
Chief Tony Anenih, PDP Chieftain and former Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, was accredited to vote at 10 a.m. at Uzenama Primary School Centre, Arue, Uromi, Etsako Northwest Local Government Area.
The Chairman of Esan West Local Government Area, Mrs Stella Okoro, said she was impressed by the turnout and that everybody was happy about the massive turnout.
She expressed optimism that the era of thuggery and ballot box snatching was over in the state
Other areas visited included Idumagbo, Ihumudunmu where the turnout was also massive.
Meanwhile, while accreditation of voters ended early in some areas, there were challenges in parts of Oredo Local Government Area, prompting the Edo Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Kassim Gaidam, to go into the field to resolve matters.
Following complaints relating to the voter register, the registration was delayed at Garrick Memorial Nursery/Primary School, Oredo Local Government Area.
At 1p.m., while voting had begun in some parts of the state, voters at the Oredo centre had yet to be accredited and the Resident Electoral Commissioner , Mr Kassim Gaidam, moved in to deal with the issue.