Nigerians Elect Governor In Pandemic's First Poll
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Sat 19th September 2020 | 08:40 PM
Nigerians in the southern state of Edo braved the coronavirus and voted Saturday to elect a new governor in the country's first poll since the start of the pandemic
Benin City, Nigeria, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Sep, 2020 ) :Nigerians in the southern state of Edo braved the coronavirus and voted Saturday to elect a new governor in the country's first poll since the start of the pandemic.
The majority of stations closed at 3:00 pm, but registered voters still waiting some centres were allowed to cast their ballots.
She worried that the way voters milled together could help spread the virus.
At another polling centre, a woman distributed free face masks.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, held general elections last year, but there was no governorship poll in Edo.
Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said adequate arrangements were in place for the election.
"Everything is set. We have deployed personnel and materials for a smooth and hitch-free poll," Timidi Wariowei, state INEC spokesman, told AFP.
Although 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the vote, it is a two-way race between President Muhammadu Buhari's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP).