INEC commends electorate, political parties for peaceful poll •Says collation of results in progress

-THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, lauded the electorate and political parties in Edo State for  the peaceful conduct of the state governorship election.

Speaking with newsmen in Benin City, on Wednesday, the National Commissioner in charge of Voters Education and Publicity, who also supervised the election, Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, said the commission was grateful for the peaceful conduct of the electorate and the political parties during the poll.

Soyebi encouraged all the stakeholders to continue in the peaceful manner till the end of the exercise.

The national commissioner said the collation of the results of the poll was in progress at the various collation centres in the state, while promising that the final result would be made public by the commission after the collation.

This came just as there were cases of  malfunctioning of card readers at Ipkeshi, near Auchi, under Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state.

The card readers malfunctioned at Ward 11 and 12 at Okhueromoh Primary School, Ipkeshi.

The INEC polling officer (PO) in the area, Mr Mubarak Jubril, told newsmen that the card readers could read and confirm PVCs but could not read most fingers.