The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that some non-sensitive election materials have been distributed to the 18 local government areas in Edo state ahead of the state's governorship election.
Making this disclosure, was the INEC Head of Voters Education in Edo state, Timidi Wariowei, who also announced that political parties in the state have been given the go-ahead to commence election campaign
According to Wariowei, the ban on election campaign is always lifted 90 days to the elections.
“Campaigns have officially started in the state. Campaigns start 90 days to the election date and it started on June 21” he said.
Explaining why the materials were distributed earlier than the usual, Wariowei said: “The reason we distributed the materials early is that the office we occupy now has a small storage capacity.
“The storage facility cannot accommodate all the materials, so as the materials come we dispatch to our local government offices.
“The non-sensitive materials we have received so far are not complete so as they come in batches we distribute because of lack of space to keep them.”
He further revealed that the total registered voters as of 2019 is 2,210,534, while uncollected PVCs stands at 483,868.
It will be recalled that the election Umpire had earlier cleared and displayed a list of candidates of 14 registered political parties, including the All Progressives Party and the Peoples Democratic Party being the major contenders, ahead of the polls.