The Independent National Electoral Commission

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo, Mr. Sam Olumekun, said last night that collation of results for the governorship election would begin today.

Olumekun stated in Benin last night after a closed-door meeting with a National Commissioner and two Resident Electoral Commissioners at about 11.20 p.m.

He, however, did not give reasons for the shift in date for the exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the decision to commence the collation today could be traced to the late arrival of results from the 18 local government areas.

A NAN correspondent who visited INEC office in Benin reports that security was tight while movement to the area had been restricted to only accredited officers and staff.

At the INEC office, party agents, reporters and election observers were seen waiting for the commencement of collation of results from the local government areas.

A source close to the commission told NAN that those waiting for the collation had the option to wait or come back today for the exercise.

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