Voting begins as Nigerians troop to the polls to elect governors

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Voting begins throughout Nigerians at 8 am today as voters return to the polls to elect state governors and legislators as well as chairmen and councillors for the six Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Councils.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, 72.7 million or 86.63 per cent of registered voters who have collected their Permanent Voter Cards, are expected to take part in the election.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu was confident Friday that 119,973 polling units in all 1,082 constituencies will open simultaneously throughout the country by 8 a.m today.

Yakubu said that the commission had effectively tackled the challenge of logistics as materials for the election have been earlier delivered to all States and the FCT.

However, INEC has postponed till 23 March the House of Assembly Election for the Nassarawo/Binyeri State Constituency of Mayo Belwa Local Government Area in Adamawa following the death of a member of the assembly, Mr Adamu Kwanate, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.

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